Now that Michael Cerveris has done a few episodes as “Mr. State’s Attorney,” I think The Good Wife has a higher Broadway quotient than even Smash did. We’re talking Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Zach Grenier…
Plus, just about every stage star from Smash—Mamie Gummer, Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy James, etc.—has now played a lawyer or client on Good Wife.
In the smaller roles, rarely a week goes by when I don’t say “Huh. I saw him/ her in [something at the Long Wharf or Yale Rep or some other Connecticut theater].” For instance, Michael Kostroff played the supervisor of the bugging operation that almost brought down the governor this season. Kostroff is a columnist for Backstage, toured nationally in Les Mis and The Producers, and played the ringmaster in the Goodspeed’s production of Carnival! in 2010. Reg Rogers (the Yale School of Drama alumni who recently returned to campus as Henry Higgins in a concert version of My Fair Lady, and appeared in the world premiere of Carly Mensch’s Oblivion last summer at Westport Country Playhouse) was in a couple of recent episodes as a wealthy social theorist whose divorce is made unnecessarily contentious by lawyerly infighting.
The Good Wife is set in Chicago, by the way. Great theater city. Not that the show ever acknowledges that. It just hires great theater people.