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The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

Updated April 20, 2021 19.2k votes 3k voters 49.6k views78 items

List RulesVote 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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    Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy
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    Recipient of five Tony Awards.
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    Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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    Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.
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    Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.
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    Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.
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    Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.
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    Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.
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    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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    Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening
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    Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia
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    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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List Rules: Vote up the best actresses who have performed on Broadway since 2000.