theater actors The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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List Rules Best Broadway stars who've performed during the 21st cenutry.

This list ranks all of the greatest stars to have performed on Broadway during the 21st century, young and old, male and female. From newcomers such as Lea Michelle and Fantasia Barrino to those with extensive Broadway experience such as Tyne Daly and Estelle Parsons, whoare the best Broadway performers of the 21st century?

Some of the best Broadway stars of the 21st century have launched their Broadway careers after long and successful histories as television and movie actors. Stars like Toni Collette and Denzel Washington have all found success on stage, after their great success on screen.

Of course, some stars who’ve graced Broadway in the 21st century are continuing their Broadway legacies. Tyne Daly, featured in a 2014 production of Mothers and Sons, began her Broadway career in 1967. Her performances over the years have been so great, in fact, that she won a Tony Award - she earned the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in 1990 for her portrayal of Rose in Gypsy.

These are the Broadway stars to watch in the 21st century. Some play dramatic roles, while others are known for their amazing singing voices, but either way, they’re all the greatest the century has to offer in terms of theater actors. Cast your votes below for the best Broadway stars of the 21st century and see how the performers you think are great rank!

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Idina Menzel age 44 - Introduced the role of Maureen Johnson in the popular musical Rent.

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Neil Patrick Harris age 42 - Has appeared multiple times on Broadway, including in Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.

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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Patti LuPone age 66

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Audra McDonald age 45 - Has won five Tony Awards in her career.

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Sutton Foster age 40 - Well-known for her performances in both Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Patrick Stewart age 75 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Bebe Neuwirth age 57 - Remembered for her roles in The Addams Family, Chicago, and more.

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Bette Midler age 70

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Jonathan Groff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Lea Michele age 29

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Megan Hilty age 34 - Portrayed Glinda in Wicked.

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Ian McKellen age 76 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Mandy Patinkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Taye Diggs age 44

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Jeremy Jordan age 31 - Starred in Newsies.

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Salonga age 44

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Laura Osnes age 30

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Denzel Washington age 61 - Has performed Shakespeare on Broadway.

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Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Annie Potts Debuted on Broadway in God of Carnage in 2009.

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Tyne Daly age 69 - Performed in 2014's Mothers and Sons.

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Ramin Karimloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Andrea Martin age 68 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in My Favorite Year.

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Brian d'Arcy James is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Norm Lewis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Norm Lewis age 52

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Toni Collette age 43 - Well-known for her portrayal of Queenie in The Wild Party.

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Mary-Louise Parker age 51 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Proof.

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Lilla Crawford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Tony Shalhoub age 62 - Debuted on Broadway in The Odd Couple in 1985.

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Zachary Levi age 35 - Debuted on Broadway in 2013 in the musical First Date.

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Darren Criss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Darren Criss age 28

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Vanessa L. Williams age 52 - Made her debut on Broadway in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Gavin Lee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Gavin Lee age 44

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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Adam Lambert age 33

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Marisa Tomei age 51 - Known for her Broadway performance in The Realistic Joneses.

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James Monroe Iglehart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Estelle Parsons age 88 - Performed in 2014 in Velocity of Autumn.

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Heather Headley age 41 - Introduced the role of Nala in the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal age 38 - Will debut on Broadway in 2014 in The Real Thing.

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Cheyenne Jackson age 40 - Known for starring in All Shook Up.

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Jenn Colella is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Jenn Colella age 41

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Michelle Williams age 35 - Known for her acting and dancing in Cabaret.

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John Gallagher Jr. age 31 - Won a Tony Award for the role of Moritz Stiefel in the musical Spring Awakening.