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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Idina Menzel age 47 - 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 Kristin Chenoweth age 50

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
1481898920151 added Lin-Manuel Miranda age 38

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Jonathan Groff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
pete-lloyd added Jonathan Groff age 33

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Neil Patrick Harris age 45 - Has appeared multiple times on Broadway, including in Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.

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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 70

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Jeremy Jordan age 34 - Starred in Newsies.

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Sutton Foster age 43 - Well-known for her performances in both Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Audra McDonald age 48 - 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 69

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Angela Lansbury age 93

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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 47

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Andrew Rannells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
18markj added Andrew Rannells age 40

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Daveed Diggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Ben Platt 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 Darren Criss age 31

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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 Sierra Boggess age 36

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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 Ramin Karimloo age 40

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Brian d'Arcy James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Brian d'Arcy James age 50

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Bette Midler age 73

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
wiola-butler added Laura Osnes age 33

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Lea Michele age 32

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Patrick Stewart age 78 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Bebe Neuwirth age 60 - Remembered for her roles in The Addams Family, Chicago, and more.

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Mandy Patinkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Mandy Patinkin age 66

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Megan Hilty age 37 - Portrayed Glinda in Wicked.

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Ian McKellen age 79 - Most recently performed on Broadway in Waiting for Godot.

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Taye Diggs age 47

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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Zachary Levi age 38 - Debuted on Broadway in 2013 in the musical First Date.

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Jenn Colella is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
broadwaystar1 added Jenn Colella age 41

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Norm Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Norm Lewis age 55

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
DavidPickens added Adam Lambert age 36

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Denzel Washington age 64 - Has performed Shakespeare on Broadway.

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Tyne Daly age 72 - Performed in 2014's  Mothers and Sons.

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James Monroe Iglehart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added James Monroe Iglehart age 41

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Gavin Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Iñigo Isla Cañedo added Gavin Lee age 47

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Michelle Williams age 38 - Known for her acting and dancing in Cabaret.

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John Gallagher Jr. age 34 - Won a Tony Award for the role of Moritz Stiefel in the musical Spring Awakening.

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Sebastian Stan age 35 - Appeared in Picnic in 2014.

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Andrea Martin age 71 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in My Favorite Year.

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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
RichardBeecher added Jonathan Pryce age 71

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

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Vanessa Williams age 55 - Made her debut on Broadway in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Cheyenne Jackson age 43 - Known for starring in All Shook Up.

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

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Tony Shalhoub age 65 - Debuted on Broadway in The Odd Couple in 1985.

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

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Heather Headley age 44 - Introduced the role of Nala in the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King.