The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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List Criteria: 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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    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    New York City, New York, United States of America Introduced the role of Maureen Johnson in the popular musical Rent.

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    Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America Has appeared multiple times on Broadway, including in Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.

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    Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Berlin, Germany Has won five Tony Awards in her career.

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    Sutton Foster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Statesboro, Georgia, United States of America Well-known for her performances in both Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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    Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Mirfield, United Kingdom Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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    Bebe Neuwirth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America Remembered for her roles in The Addams Family, Chicago, and more.

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    Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Burnley, United Kingdom Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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    Megan Hilty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Bellevue, Washington, United States of America Portrayed Glinda in Wicked.

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    Jeremy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America Starred in Newsies.

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    Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America Has performed Shakespeare on Broadway.

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    Annie Potts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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

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    Tyne Daly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Performed in 2014's Mothers and Sons.

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    Andrea Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Portland, Maine, United States of America Won a Tony Award for her performance in My Favorite Year.

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    Manhattan, New York City, New York

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    Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Blacktown, Australia Well-known for her portrayal of Queenie in The Wild Party.

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    Tony Shalhoub is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States of America Debuted on Broadway in The Odd Couple in 1985.

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    California, United States of America

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    Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    New York City, New York, United States of America Known for her Broadway performance in The Realistic Joneses.

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    Zachary Levi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America Debuted on Broadway in 2013 in the musical First Date.

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    Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Millwood, New York, United States of America Made her debut on Broadway in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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    Mary-Louise Parker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States of America Won a Tony Award for her performance in Proof.

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

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    Lilla Crawford Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Estelle Parsons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Lynn, Massachusetts, United States of America Performed in 2014 in Velocity of Autumn.

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Lower East Side, New York City, New York Will debut on Broadway in 2014 in The Real Thing.

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    Idaho, United States of America Known for starring in All Shook Up.

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    Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago Introduced the role of Nala in the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King.

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    Cherry Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Paris, Tennessee, United States of America Won a Tony Award for her role in Doubt.

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    John Gallagher Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America Won a Tony Award for the role of Moritz Stiefel in the musical Spring Awakening.

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    Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

    Kalispell, Montana, United States of America Known for her acting and dancing in Cabaret.

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