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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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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Kristin Chenoweth age 49 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.

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Idina Menzel age 46 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

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Audra McDonald age 47 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.

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Sutton Foster age 42 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Patti LuPone age 68 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy

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Kelli O'Hara age 41 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.

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Megan Hilty age 36 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.

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Renée Elise Goldsberry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Salonga age 46

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Anna Kendrick age 32 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Laura Osnes age 32 - 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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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Kerry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Kerry Ellis age 38 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.

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Jessie Mueller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Jessie Mueller age 32 - 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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Stephanie J. Block is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Krysta Rodriguez age 33 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date

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Shoshana Bean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Shoshana Bean age 40

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Annaleigh Ashford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Annaleigh Ashford age 32 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia

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Bebe Neuwirth age 59 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.

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Eden Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Eden Espinosa age 39

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Laura Bell Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Laura Bell Bundy age 36 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Michele age 31 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

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

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Jasmine Cephas Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Lindsay Mendez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lindsay Mendez age 32 - Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture

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Willemijn Verkaik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Emma Stone Replaced Michelle Williams as Sally in Cabaret.

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Patina Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Patina Miller age 33

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Anika Noni Rose age 45 - Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.

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Tyne Daly age 71 - Most recently performed in Mothers and Sons.

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Judy Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Judy Kuhn age 59

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

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Kerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Kerry Butler age 46

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Ruthie Henshall age 50 - Debut Chicago 2001

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Liz Callaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Liz Callaway age 56

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Katie Rose Clarke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Alyssa Fox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Alyssa Fox

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Vanessa L. Williams age 54 - Debuted in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Laura Michelle Kelly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Caissie Levy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Caissie Levy age 36

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Laura Linney age 53 - Has received three Tony Award nominations over the course of her career.

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Alli Mauzey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Heather Headley age 43 - Originated the role of Nala in the The Lion King on Broadway.

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Alison Luff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Alison Luff

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Erin Mackey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Erin Mackey age 31