broadway The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century  

Buster McDermott
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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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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Idina Menzel age 46 - Introduced the role of Maureen Johnson in the popular musical Rent.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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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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Jonathan Groff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
pete-lloyd added Jonathan Groff age 32

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
DavidPickens added Bernadette Peters age 69

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Angela Lansbury age 92

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

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Patti LuPone age 68

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Jeremy Jordan age 33 - Starred in Newsies.

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
sheilamarie143 added Lea Salonga age 46

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

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
wiola-butler added Sierra Boggess age 35

Bizarre Deaths Of The 21st Century

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Bette Midler age 72

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Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
18markj added Andrew Rannells age 39

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Lea Michele age 31

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Daveed Diggs is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Ramin Karimloo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Ramin Karimloo age 39

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Darren Criss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
ceciboo333 added Darren Criss age 30

The Greatest Living Opera Singers

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Brian d'Arcy James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Brian d'Arcy James age 49

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
wiola-butler added Laura Osnes age 32

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

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Megan Hilty age 36 - Portrayed Glinda in Wicked.

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Mandy Patinkin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Mandy Patinkin age 65

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Taye Diggs age 46

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Jenn Colella is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
broadwaystar1 added Jenn Colella age 41

The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
DavidPickens added Adam Lambert age 35

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

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Denzel Washington age 63 - Has performed Shakespeare on Broadway.

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

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Norm Lewis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Norm Lewis age 54

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Lilla Crawford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Lilla Crawford

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

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Mary-Louise Parker age 54 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Proof.

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Gavin Lee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Gavin Lee age 46

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James Monroe Iglehart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added James Monroe Iglehart age 41

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Estelle Parsons age 91 - Performed in 2014 in Velocity of Autumn.

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Marisa Tomei age 54 - Known for her Broadway performance in The Realistic Joneses.

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Toni Collette age 46 - Well-known for her portrayal of Queenie in The Wild Party.

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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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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Jonathan Pryce age 70

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

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Sebastian Stan age 34 - Appeared in Picnic in 2014.

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

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Michelle Williams age 38 - 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.