Wagner has performed in several Broadway productions. His first role on Broadway was in The Three Musketeers in 1984 as Athos. He went on to originate the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim‘s Into the Woods (1987). The recording of that show, on which Wagner appears, won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
Wagner has appeared on Broadway (replacement) and in the U.S. national tour (1992) of Les Misérables as Inspector Javert. In 1994, he began a four-year stint as “The Beast”, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, in both the Broadway (replacement) and Toronto productions. Wagner originated the title roles in Frank Wildhorn‘s Jekyll & Hyde in 1990 and Svengali in 1991 at The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. He reprised his dual roles in Jekyll & Hyde in the post Broadway national tour in 1999. In 2001 he toured the U.S. in the Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate as the MacArthuresque General Harrison Howell and understudy to Rex Smith‘s Fred Graham. He appeared on Broadway in 2004, in Wildhorn’s Dracula, The Musical, standing by for Dracula, Van Helsing and Quincey Morris.