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List Rules Vote up the best actresses who have performed on Broadway since 2000.

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.

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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Wicked_ForGood added Kristin Chenoweth age 49 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.

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Idina Menzel age 46 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

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Sutton Foster age 42 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Audra McDonald age 47 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MegzW added Patti LuPone age 68 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy

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Renée Elise Goldsberry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Renée Elise Goldsberry age 46

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Kelli O'Hara age 41 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Guian Carlo C. Labo added Lea Salonga age 46

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Megan Hilty age 36 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.

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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Phillipa Soo

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Laura Osnes age 32 - 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.

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MegzW added Sierra Boggess age 35

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Anna Kendrick age 32 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera

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Jessie Mueller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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,

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Kerry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MariaParhomenko added Kerry Ellis age 38 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.

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Stephanie J. Block is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MegzW added Stephanie J. Block age 45

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Jasmine Cephas Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Jasmine Cephas Jones

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Annaleigh Ashford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Annaleigh Ashford age 32 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Krysta Rodriguez age 33 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date

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Bebe Neuwirth age 59 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.

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Shoshana Bean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Wicked_ForGood added Shoshana Bean age 40

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Laura Bell Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Laura Bell Bundy age 36 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

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jessie-gurniak added Kara Lindsay Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014

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Eden Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Wicked_ForGood added Eden Espinosa age 39

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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Lea Michele age 31 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
nretherford added Christine Ebersole age 64

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Cynthia Erivo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Cynthia Erivo

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Lindsay Mendez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Lindsay Mendez age 32 - Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture

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Willemijn Verkaik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Wicked_ForGood added Willemijn Verkaik age 42

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Shelley Anne Thompson added Bernadette Peters age 69

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added Emma Stone Replaced Michelle Williams as Sally in Cabaret.

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Anika Noni Rose age 45 - Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.

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Patina Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
PaulJ.Hernandez added Patina Miller age 33

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Judy Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Judy Kuhn age 59

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Tyne Daly age 71 - Most recently performed in Mothers and Sons.

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Liz Callaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Liz Callaway age 56

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Laura Michelle Kelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Laura Michelle Kelly age 36

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

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21olijas added Ruthie Henshall age 50 - Debut Chicago 2001

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Katie Rose Clarke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Katie Rose Clarke age 33

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Kerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Kerry Butler age 46

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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Barrett Wilbert Weed

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Heather Headley age 43 - Originated the role of Nala in the The Lion King on Broadway.

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Vanessa L. Williams age 54 - Debuted in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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Alison Luff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Alison Luff

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Alyssa Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Alyssa Fox

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Caissie Levy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Caissie Levy age 36

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Laura Linney age 53 - Has received three Tony Award nominations over the course of her career.

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Alli Mauzey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Alli Mauzey

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Arielle Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added Arielle Jacobs