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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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Neil Patrick Harris age 44 - Has appeared multiple times on Broadway, including in Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.

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Idina Menzel age 46 - Introduced the role of Maureen Johnson in the popular musical Rent.

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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 68

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Audra McDonald age 47 - Has won five Tony Awards in her career.

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

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Sutton Foster age 42 - Well-known for her performances in both Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Patrick Stewart age 77 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Bebe Neuwirth age 59 - Remembered for her roles in The Addams Family, Chicago, and more.

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Bette Midler age 72

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Lea Michele age 31

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Ian McKellen age 78 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Salonga age 46

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Megan Hilty age 36 - Portrayed Glinda in Wicked.

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

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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 33 - Starred in Newsies.

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Taye Diggs age 46

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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 32

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Ramin Karimloo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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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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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Adam Lambert age 35

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Brian d'Arcy James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Denzel Washington age 63 - Has performed Shakespeare on Broadway.

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

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Tyne Daly age 71 - Performed in 2014's  Mothers and Sons.

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Darren Criss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Darren Criss age 30

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Gavin Lee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Gavin Lee age 46

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Norm Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Norm Lewis age 54

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Andrea Martin age 70 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in My Favorite Year.

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Marisa Tomei age 53 - Known for her Broadway performance in The Realistic Joneses.

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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Toni Collette age 45 - Well-known for her portrayal of Queenie in The Wild Party.

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Zachary Levi age 37 - Debuted on Broadway in 2013 in the musical First Date.

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Mary-Louise Parker age 53 - 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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Vanessa L. Williams age 54 - Made her debut on Broadway in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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James Monroe Iglehart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Tony Shalhoub age 64 - Debuted on Broadway in The Odd Couple in 1985.

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Estelle Parsons age 90 - Performed in 2014 in Velocity of Autumn.

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Heather Headley age 43 - Introduced the role of Nala in the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal age 40 - Will debut on Broadway in 2014 in The Real Thing.

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Cheyenne Jackson age 42 - Known for starring in All Shook Up.

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Michelle Williams age 37 - Known for her acting and dancing in Cabaret.

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John Gallagher Jr. age 33 - Won a Tony Award for the role of Moritz Stiefel in the musical Spring Awakening.

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Jenn Colella is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Jenn Colella age 41