The 10 Sexiest Actors and Actresses Heating Up DFW Stages

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Sydney James Harcourt = biblically good looking.

No doubt about it, getting gorgeous actors into Bible-based musicals and Shakespearean tragedies definitely ratchets up the "let's go see it" factor. Right now Dallas/Fort Worth stages have a bumper summer crop of beauts, male and female, trodding the boards. It's hard to winnow the list to a mere 10, but here goes. And let us know if we left off any of your faves.

Sydney James Harcourt (above), starring in the title role in Dallas Theater Center's Old Testament pop musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, shows off his amazing dreamboatness in a shirtless costume for more than half the two-hour show. (Director Joel Ferrell's no dummy.) So much better than last summer's production of The Wiz, in which Harcourt starred as Tin Man, clad from head to foot in what looked like a large silver carburetor. The guy's a terrific singer, dancer and actor (he was Simba in Broadway's Lion King), but his abs and pecs are stealing focus on the stage at the Wyly Theatre. The coat of many colors his character wears is pretty but what's underneath it is a masterpiece. (Show runs through August 5.)

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Photo by Karen Almond.
Alex Ross causes sinful thoughts in Joseph.
Alex Ross plays one of Joseph's jealous brothers in the aforementioned DTC musical, but plenty of local actors envy Ross' classically trained voice (he gets a country-western-style solo in Joseph). That he also resembles an old-fashioned matinee idol - tall, broad-shouldered, baby-faced with smoldering eyes - doesn't hurt. He's had great roles at Lyric Stage, Uptown Players and now DTC, where he also sang and danced in the hot-'n'-sessy Cabaret last season. Just waiting for Ross to dress in less in whatever his next show might be.

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Alex Organ turns up summer's heat with his role in Coriolanus.
Alex Organ gets mad and moist wielding his sword in Shakespeare Dallas' current Coriolanus at the outdoor Samuell-Grand Amphitheater (through July 20). Organ steams it up with handsome co-star Kevin Keeling in a homoerotic scene that has their characters, two former warrior-enemies, reuniting on their old battleground and sharing more than come-hither looks. Organ, classically trained grad of Yale Drama, struts with spectacularly Spartacus-like machismo in his Roman soldier drag. With great performances under his belt at Theatre Three (The Farnsworth Invention) and Second Thought (Red Light Winter), Organ's shown that he's a serious actor with plenty of muscle in or out of heavy armor.

No, it isn't a Calvin Klein ad. Meet Dallas' favorite "got it all" actor, Ryan Manalansan.
Ryan Manalansan recently played one of the hunky young ballplayers in Uptown Players' production of Take Me Out. He's also a dancer, voiceover artist and a personal trainer who posts scrumptious vegan recipes on his Facebook page. He might also be the only working actor in town who can boast on his resume that he's fluent in Tagalog (an ethnic language of the Philippines). Smart and cute, we like.

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Be it on television or stage, we'll tune in to watch Van Quattro.
Van Quattro was on the TV series Millennium and Picket Fences and played a police detective in Fight Club before moving to Fort Worth about 12 years ago. He stopped acting for a decade but gradually started auditioning again at the urging of his wife, chef Catherine Ruehle. His role as Boo Radley in last season's To Kill a Mockingbird at DTC brought him to the attention of critics and discerning audiences and then he snagged the lead in Theatre Three's boffo production of Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts. In his 50s, Quattro projects that same subdued, sexy quality as Robert Duvall or Tommy Lee Jones. His acting talent is just icing on the donut.

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Sally Vahle!!! Where is Sally Vahle? Was there a clause that you were excluded if you are over 45? Boo!!!!!


Hell yeah artsy eye candy. :) Beethoven Oden (MFA student at SMU's Meadows School, and whose name I've almost certainly misspelled) is another talented hottie to watch. 

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