Actors who sing, singers who act

by Nick
Apr 10, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. ET

Hollywood is tapping back into the musical landscape and it's paying off in dividends. The return of the song-and-dance-man/woman is upon us, again! Huzzah!

Amidst the revival of the movie musical, and the sing-song talent competitions, actors and singers are crossing over and branching out like it’s 1945. This used to be a must back in the golden age of cinema with acts like Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers. There was a lull up until a few years ago when Broadway stormed the screen and high school kids began prancing down the hallways. Here’s a look at some multi-talented stars.

Justin Timberlake

The triple-threat of entertainment can do it all. From singing (we miss it JT) to dancing, to upping his acting game ("Social Network", "In Time"), Timberlake has spent the last ten years post-'N Sync monopolizing the entertainment industry. And if you add his epic hosting and surprise stints on SNL, that would make him a quadruple-threat. Timberlake has proven he can't be stopped.

Hugh Jackman

No one had heard of this guy until he clawed his way across theatres as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. Standing at a towering 6 feet 3 inches, the Aussie hunk actually started his career as a musical theatre member Down Unda. In fact, Jackman just wrapped up a series of tours and a Broadway stint in his own musical showcase. Next up for the strapping actor-singer-dancer-Wolverine: A musical remake of Les Misérables in theatres this December.

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Daniel Radcliffe

The boy-who-lived embodied the brooding chosen savior fighting against Voldemort for 10 years. Now he's branching out. Radcliffe just finished a starring role on Broadway in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for his energetic and pitch-perfect portrayal of an ambitious young window-washer-turned-office-exec. He's cast a spell on us yet again!

Nicole Kidman

It's been more than a decade since her turn as a doomed songstress in Moulin Rouge, but this tall red-headed Oscar-winner still has some pipes. With a bit part and a performance in 2009's musical Nine, Kidman reminded us that her powerful alto abilities haven't gone anywhere.

Jennifer Lopez

J. Lo is reviving her career with a new flick this year (What to Expect When You're Expecting) and a new-ish album (Love?). Lopez got her big break as a dancer on the sketch-comedy show In Living Color in the early '90s, but began turning heads with a strong performance as the late singer Selena Perez in 1997. Since then, Lopez has pumped us all full of fluffy romantic-comedies and pop albums. More, mami, more!

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Zooey Deschanel

As the oh-so-cute leader of the hipster movement, Deschanel finds every opportunity on her hit show New Girl to throw in some dreamy, Dusty Springfield-esque riffs. She's the female half of the bluesy group She & Him, who already have three albums under their belts. Our favorite plucky singer/actress knows what it means to blend the two elements together to formulate the perfect mesh of thespian and songbird.

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From Zac Efron to Anne Hathaway, from Gerard Butler to Amy Adams, who are some of your favorite actor/singers?

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