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List Rules Vote up the best actresses who have performed on Broadway since 2000.

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 47 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.

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Idina Menzel age 44 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

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Audra McDonald age 45 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.

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Sutton Foster age 40 - 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 66 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy

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Kelli O'Hara age 39 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.

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Megan Hilty age 34 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.

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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Anna Kendrick age 30 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera

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Renée Elise Goldsberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Kerry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Kerry Ellis age 36 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Laura Osnes age 30 - 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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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Salonga age 44

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Stephanie J. Block is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Shoshana Bean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Shoshana Bean age 38

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Eden Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Eden Espinosa age 37

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Krysta Rodriguez age 31 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date

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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 30 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia

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Laura Bell Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Laura Bell Bundy age 34 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

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Jessie Mueller is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Bebe Neuwirth age 57 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.

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Lindsay Mendez is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Lea Michele age 29 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Willemijn Verkaik is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Jasmine Cephas Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Patina Miller age 31

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Tyne Daly age 69 - Most recently performed in Mothers and Sons.

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Anika Noni Rose age 43 - Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.

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Cynthia Erivo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Kerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Kerry Butler age 44

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

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Judy Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Judy Kuhn age 57

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Vanessa L. Williams age 52 - Debuted in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Ruthie Henshall age 48 - Debut Chicago 2001

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Ciara Renee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Liz Callaway is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Liz Callaway age 54

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Katie Rose Clarke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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

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Alli Mauzey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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Laura Michelle Kelly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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

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Caissie Levy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Caissie Levy age 34

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Heather Headley age 41 - Originated the role of Nala in the The Lion King on Broadway.

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Erin Mackey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Erin Mackey age 29

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Nicole Parker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Nicole Parker age 37