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.
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.
1 561 247 Idina Menzel age 47 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.
2 460 194 Wicked_ForGood added Kristin Chenoweth age 50 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.
3 224 63 Guian Carlo C. Labo added Lea Salonga age 47
4 386 154 Sutton Foster age 43 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
5 334 140 Audra McDonald age 48 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.
6 191 64 typoqueen added Renée Elise Goldsberry age 47
7 303 132 MegzW added Patti LuPone age 69 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy
8 133 25 Shelley Anne Thompson added Bernadette Peters age 70
9 187 65 typoqueen added Phillipa Soo
10 177 62 jessie-gurniak added Laura Osnes age 33 - 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.
11 257 119 MegzW added Sierra Boggess age 36
12 160 59 jessie-gurniak added 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,
13 188 93 Kelli O'Hara age 42 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.
14 175 90 MegzW added Stephanie J. Block age 46
15 97 35 typoqueen added Barrett Wilbert Weed
16 108 47 typoqueen added Jasmine Cephas Jones
17 112 51 jessie-gurniak added Kara Lindsay Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014
18 185 117 jessie-gurniak added Lea Michele age 32 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening
19 102 49 jessie-gurniak added Lindsay Mendez age 32 - Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture
20 195 131 Megan Hilty age 37 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.
21 115 65 jessie-gurniak added Annaleigh Ashford age 33 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia
22 189 143 jessie-gurniak added Anna Kendrick age 33 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera
23 209 168 MariaParhomenko added Kerry Ellis age 39 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.
24 135 97 Bebe Neuwirth age 60 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.
25 50 19 typoqueen added Taylor Louderman
26 90 59 jessie-gurniak added Laura Bell Bundy age 37 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
27 98 71 jessie-gurniak added Krysta Rodriguez age 34 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date
28 112 85 Wicked_ForGood added Shoshana Bean age 41
29 53 26 typoqueen added Cynthia Erivo
30 82 56 nretherford added Christine Ebersole age 65
31 103 83 Wicked_ForGood added Eden Espinosa age 40
32 49 26 typoqueen added Judy Kuhn age 60
33 128 119 Wicked_ForGood added Willemijn Verkaik age 43
34 41 23 typoqueen added Kerry Butler age 47
35 77 62 Anika Noni Rose age 46 - Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.
36 31 12 devries.m added Laura Dreyfuss
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