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The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century 

Buster McDermott
Updated September 18, 2019 12k votes 1.3k voters 56.4k views 85 items

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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Age: 48
Introduced the role of Maureen Johnson in the popular musical Rent.
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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
DavidPickens added Age: 51
3
Jonathan Groff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
pete-lloyd added Jonathan Groff Age: 34
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
alaynadanniellemakeup added Lin-Manuel Miranda Age: 39
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Age: 46
Has appeared multiple times on Broadway, including in Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.
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Age: 35

Starred in Newsies.

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Age: 44
Well-known for her performances in both Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
DavidPickens added Age: 71
9
Ben Platt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
BubulleBlububulle added Ben Platt
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Age: 49
Has won five Tony Awards in her career.
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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
sheilamarie143 added Age: 48
12
Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
18markj added Age: 41
13
Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Age: 70
14
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Age: 94
15
Daveed Diggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Darren Criss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
ceciboo333 added Age: 32
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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
wiola-butler added Age: 37
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Ramin Karimloo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Age: 41
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Age: 33
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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Age: 74
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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
JenME3 added Barrett Wilbert Weed

Heathers, Mean Girls

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
wiola-butler added Laura Osnes Age: 34
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Brian d'Arcy James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Age: 51
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Age: 79
Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.
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Mandy Patinkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Age: 67