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List Rules Vote up the top women on Broadway based on their careers on the stage

These leading ladies have made audiences laugh, cry and wish that the show would never end. Some have had long-running careers, while others are just starting out, but they all have one thing in common: they’re all the best female performers to have ever graced Broadway stages. For that reason, they all deserve a spot on this list of the greatest female Broadway stars. 

Broadway and music fans everywhere have heard of Barbra Streisand, but did you know she only performed in two shows on Broadway: I Can Get It for You Wholesale and Funny Girl? Of course, her star power was so bright that she was nominated for a Tony Award each time. The year she was nominated for Funny Girl (1964), she lost out to a performer many consider to be one of the top Broadway performers of all time - Carol Channing.

Channing not only won a total of three Tony Awards but also originated two of the most iconic Broadway roles in history: Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! and Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Because of these stunning performances, Carol Channing is regarded as one of the most amazing Broadway stars in history, alongside greats like Bernadette Peters, Ethel Merman, and Liza Minnelli. Other rising Broadway stars such as Megan Hilty and Lea Michele are joining the ranks of these great Broadway stars, making Broadway more fantastic as time goes on.

Whether for their powerful voices or skilled acting, the leading Broadway ladies on this list are known as the greatest female Broadway stars. Cast your votes below for the best female Broadway stars.

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Julie Andrews age 80 - Well-known for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

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Lea Salonga age 44 - Acclaimed for her performance on Broadway in Miss Saigon.

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Chita Rivera age 82 - Remembered for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story.

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Kristin Chenoweth age 47 - Captured a Tony Award for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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Bernadette Peters age 67 - Earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

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Angela Lansbury age 90 - Well-known for starring in Mame.

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Audra McDonald age 45 - Had won three Tony Awards by the age of 28.

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Patti LuPone age 66 - Debuted on Broadway in Three Sisters.

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Carol Burnett age 82 - Nominated for a Tony Award after her first Broadway role (in Once Upon a Mattress).

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

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Ethel Merman Died at 76 (1908-1984) - Debuted many Broadway standards, including "Anything Goes" and "Friendship."

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Carol Channing age 94 - Originated the role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Sutton Foster age 40 - Won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.

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Liza Minnelli age 69 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Flora the Red Menace.

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Gwen Verdon Died at 75 (1925-2000) - Picked up four Tony Awards in her career.

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Mary Martin Died at 77 (1913-1990) - Originated the role of Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

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Laura Benanti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Laura Benanti age 36

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Kelli O'Hara age 39 - Starred in Nice Work If You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick.

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Elaine Stritch Died at 89 (1925-2014) - Debuted on Broadway in 1946 in Loco.

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Bebe Neuwirth age 57 - Played Velma in Chicago.

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Barbra Streisand age 73 - Performed in both Funny Girl and I Can Get It for You Wholesale.

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Donna Murphy age 56 - Well-known for her portrayal of Anna in The King and I.

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Megan Hilty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Megan Hilty age 34 - Well-known for portraying the character Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical.

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Christine Ebersole age 62 - Played Ado Annie in a revival of Oklahoma!

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Marin Mazzie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Marin Mazzie age 55

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Barbara Cook age 88 - Earned a Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man.

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Patina Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Patina Miller age 31

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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars

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Dorothy Loudon Died at 78 (1925-2003) - Introduced the tunes "Easy Street" and "Little Girls" in Annie.

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Gertrude Lawrence Died at 54 (1898-1952) - Portrayed Eliza Doolittle in a revival of My Fair Lady.

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Rebecca Luker age 54 - Replaced Sarah Brightman in as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.

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Sarah Brightman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Sarah Brightman age 55 - Acclaimed for her performance as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars

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Alice Ripley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Alice Ripley age 52 - Nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Side Show.

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Heather Headley age 41 - Introduced the role of Nala in the Broadway production of The Lion King.

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Jane Krakowski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Jane Krakowski age 47 - Garnered a Tony Award for her work in Nine.

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Marissa Jaret Winokur age 42 - Remembered for her portrayal of Tracy in Hairspray.

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Donna McKechnie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars

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Sherie Rene Scott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Sherie Rene Scott age 48 - Nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Laura Linney age 51 - Nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Crucible.

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Marilu Henner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars
Marilu Henner age 63 - Performed in Chicago, Pal Joey, and more.

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Denise van Outen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Broadway Stars