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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 age 50 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.

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age 47 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 43 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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age 48 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MegzW added age 69 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy

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Renée Elise Goldsberry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
Shelley Anne Thompson added age 70

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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added 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.

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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Jessie Mueller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added 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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age 42 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.

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Stephanie J. Block is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Jasmine Cephas Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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jessie-gurniak added Kara Lindsay Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014

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age 37 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.

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Lindsay Mendez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 32 - Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture

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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 32 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

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Annaleigh Ashford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 33 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia

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Kerry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
MariaParhomenko added age 39 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 33 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera

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Taylor Louderman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 60 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.

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Laura Bell Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 37 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

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Krysta Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
jessie-gurniak added age 34 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date

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Shoshana Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Cynthia Erivo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Eden Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Judy Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Willemijn Verkaik is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Kerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 46 - Remembered for her performance as Emmie in Caroline, or Change.

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Laura Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Patina Miller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Laura Michelle Kelly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 44 - Originated the role of Nala in the The Lion King on Broadway.

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Caissie Levy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Remembered for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked.

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age 72 - Most recently performed in Mothers and Sons.

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Rachelle Ann Go is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
typoqueen added age 32

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Liz Callaway is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Katie Rose Clarke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 71 - Won a Tony Award for her work in My Favorite Year.

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Rachel Tucker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Alli Mauzey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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age 55 - Debuted in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.