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.
1 210 55 Guian Carlo C. Labo added Lea Salonga age 47
2 449 188 Wicked_ForGood added Kristin Chenoweth age 50 - Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.
3 544 240 Idina Menzel age 47 - Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.
4 372 149 Sutton Foster age 43 - Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
5 324 136 Audra McDonald age 48 - Recipient of five Tony Awards.
6 177 57 typoqueen added Renée Elise Goldsberry age 47
7 176 58 typoqueen added Phillipa Soo
8 120 21 Shelley Anne Thompson added Bernadette Peters age 70
9 289 128 MegzW added Patti LuPone age 69 - Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy
10 168 56 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.
11 239 116 MegzW added Sierra Boggess age 36
12 151 57 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,
13 182 91 Kelli O'Hara age 42 - Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.
14 164 86 MegzW added Stephanie J. Block age 46
15 106 45 jessie-gurniak added Kara Lindsay Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014
16 98 42 typoqueen added Jasmine Cephas Jones
17 81 30 typoqueen added Barrett Wilbert Weed
18 190 126 Megan Hilty age 37 - Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.
19 110 61 jessie-gurniak added Annaleigh Ashford age 33 - Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia
20 175 112 jessie-gurniak added Lea Michele age 32 - Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening
21 93 47 jessie-gurniak added Lindsay Mendez age 32 - Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture
22 183 138 jessie-gurniak added Anna Kendrick age 33 - A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera
23 205 165 MariaParhomenko added Kerry Ellis age 39 - Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.
24 97 68 jessie-gurniak added Krysta Rodriguez age 34 - Original cast in The Addams Family and First Date
25 130 96 Bebe Neuwirth age 60 - Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.
26 110 83 Wicked_ForGood added Shoshana Bean age 41
27 85 57 jessie-gurniak added Laura Bell Bundy age 37 - Amber in Hairspray. Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
28 42 17 typoqueen added Taylor Louderman
29 48 24 typoqueen added Cynthia Erivo
30 79 56 nretherford added Christine Ebersole age 65
31 98 83 Wicked_ForGood added Eden Espinosa age 40
32 125 116 Wicked_ForGood added Willemijn Verkaik age 43
33 43 26 typoqueen added Judy Kuhn age 60
34 29 8 1523912477331 added Laura Dreyfuss
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