The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Female performers have taken Broadway by storm in the 21st century, with many talented women drawing audiences night after night. Many can be seen in the most popular Broadway shows, such as Wicked, while others are in smaller productions, but their talent has earned all of them a place on this list of the most amazing 21st century female Broadway stars.

When it comes to the best Broadway stars of the 21st century - male or female - can anyone forget Sutton Foster? Foster is a true triple threat, and both audiences and awards committees acknowledge her as such. As of 2014, she’d already captured two Tony Awards: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for both Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes.

A few of the best female Broadway performers of the 21st century are just beginning their careers, but they will be sure not to disappoint audiences in the future. Leighton Meester, who shot to fame on the show “Gossip Girl,” will make her Broadway debut in 2014, starring in a production of Of Mice and Men.

On this list you’ll find the best female stars Broadway has to offer in the 21st century. Although a few of their names might be unfamiliar, you’re sure to hear about them in the coming years. Cast your votes below for the best 21st century female Broadway stars.

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    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States of America Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.

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


    New York City, New York, United States of America Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

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    Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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    Berlin, Germany Recipient of five Tony Awards.

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    Sutton Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Statesboro, Georgia, United States of America Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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    Northport, Huntington, New York Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy

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    Kelli O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    USA, Oklahoma, Elk City Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.

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    Megan Hilty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Bellevue, Washington, United States of America Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.

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    Portland, Maine, United States of America A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera

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    Haughley, United Kingdom Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.

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    Burnsville, Minnesota, United States of America Won the revival cast role of Sandy in Grease from TV show You're The One That I Want. Original Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde. Hope in Anything Goes revival. Ella in Cinderella.

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    Orange, California, United States of America Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date

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    Denver, Colorado, United States of America Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia

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    Bebe Neuwirth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.

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    Evanston, Illinois, United States of America Original cast of Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. Revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Upcoming production of Waitress,

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    Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

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    Tyne Daly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Most recently performed in Mothers and Sons.

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    Lindsay Mendez Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture

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    New York City, New York, United States of America Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

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    Kara Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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    Kara Lindsay Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014

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    Emma Stone Replaced Michelle Williams as Sally in Cabaret.

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    Anika Noni Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States of America Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.

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    Angeles, Philippines

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    Andrea Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


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

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    Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Millwood, New York, United States of America Debuted in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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    Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago Originated the role of Nala in the The Lion King on Broadway.

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    Bromley, United Kingdom Debut Chicago 2001

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    Sacramento, California, United States of America Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde, Finding Neverland

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    Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


    Manhattan, New York City, New York Has received three Tony Award nominations over the course of her career.

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    Annie Potts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


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

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    Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States of America Well-known for her performance in Once.

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    Caissie Levy Hamilton, Canada

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    Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century


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

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    Arielle Jacobs USA, California, San Francisco

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    Alison Luff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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