my favorite Broadway actresses

by KristenStewartForever | created - 16 Dec 2011 | updated - 01 Oct 2014 | Public

1. Sutton Foster

Actress | Younger

Sutton Foster was born on March 18, 1975 in Statesboro, Georgia, USA as Sutton Lenore Foster. She is an actress, known for Younger (2015), Shrek the Musical (2013) and Bunheads (2012). She has been married to Ted Griffin since October 25, 2014. They have one child. She was previously married to ...

2. Idina Menzel

Actress | Frozen

Idina Menzel was born on May 30, 1971 in Syosset, New York, USA as Idina Kim Mentzel. She is an actress, known for Frozen (2013), Rent (2005) and Enchanted (2007). She has been married to Aaron Lohr since September 2017. She was previously married to Taye Diggs.

3. Kristin Chenoweth

Actress | Pushing Daisies

Kristin Chenoweth is an American stage, screen and television actress, though, depending on who you ask, Cheno fans may disagree on what her most famous roles are. Since Chenoweth began her career, she has been credited with roles in musicals and plays on and off-Broadway, on various television ...

4. Michelle Federer

Actress | Kinsey

Michelle Federer was born on December 5, 1973 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Kinsey (2004), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and The Defenders (2017). She has been married to Norbert Leo Butz since July 23, 2007. They have one child.

5. Jenna Leigh Green

Actress | Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Jenna Leigh Green was born in West Hills, California. A television, film and theatre actress, she is best known for her portrayal of Libby Chessler on the hit show Sabrina The Teenage Witch. She continued to make a name for herself with a long list of television guest stars and film roles before ...

6. Kerry Butler

Actress | 30 Rock

Kerry Butler was born in Brooklyn, New York and, from the age of three, she knew that she wanted to be an actress. She started doing commercials until her mother decided that she was too young to be acting and wanted her to have a "normal" childhood. However, Kerry's acting was not simply a ...

7. Andrea McArdle

Actress | The Wonderful World of Disney

Andrea McArdle was born on November 5, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for The Wonderful World of Disney (1995), Russian Broadway Shut Down (2014) and Rainbow (1978). She was previously married to Edd Kalehoff.

8. Patti LuPone

Actress | Witness

A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced. She was christened Patti in ...

9. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

10. Andrea Martin

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Andrea Martin was born on January 15, 1947 in Portland, Maine, USA as Andrea Louise Martin. She is an actress and writer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and Innerspace (1987).

11. Heather Headley

Soundtrack | Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Won a 2000 Tony Award for Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in "Aida". Released her debut album in 2002, "This is who I am". Moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana at age 15. As a student in university, she performed at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, in "Dreamgirls" and "The...

12. Betty Buckley

Actress | Split

Betty Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and the 2017 recipient ...

13. Cady Huffman

Soundtrack | Ronin

Younger sister of Linus Huffman. Appeared as a child in local Santa Barbara theater, alongside Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards. Won 2001 Tony Award for playing "Ulla" in "The Producers". Nominated for an Outer Critics' Circle Award for best featured actress in a play for "The Nance". Nominated for ...

14. Megan Mullally

Actress | Will & Grace

Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up ...

15. Rosie O'Donnell

Actress | Sleepless in Seattle

Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched ...

16. Cathy Rigby

Actress | Peter Pan

Cathy Rigby was born on December 12, 1952 in Los Alamitos, California, USA as Cathleen Roxanne Rigby. She is known for her work on Peter Pan (2000), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012). She has been married to Tom McCoy since September 11, 1982. They have two ...

17. Susan Egan

Actress | Hercules

Susan Egan was born on February 18, 1970 in Long Beach, California, USA as Susan Farrell Egan. She is an actress, known for Hercules (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). She has been married to Robert Hartmann since June 26, 2005. They have two children. She has two daughters. ...

18. Ariana Grande

Actress | Sam & Cat

Ariana was born in Boca Raton to Joan Marguerite Grande, a chief executive officer for Hose-McCann Communications & Edward Charles Butera, a graphic designer/founder of IBI Designs Inc. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the ...

19. Elizabeth Gillies

Actress | Victorious

Elizabeth Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Elizabeth began acting professionally at the age of 12. With a strong background in musical theater, Elizabeth made her Broadway debut at age 15, starring as the character "Lucy" in the original Broadway cast of "...

20. Bernadette Peters

Actress | The Jerk

Bernadette Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Queens, New York City. Peters is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast ...

21. Stephanie J. Block

Actress | Madam Secretary

Stephanie J. Block was born on September 19, 1972 in Brea, California, USA as Stephanie Janette Block. She is an actress, known for Madam Secretary (2014), Orange Is the New Black (2013) and Homeland (2011). She has been married to Sebastian Arcelus since October 25, 2007. They have one child.

22. Laura Osnes

Actress | Late Show with David Letterman

Laura Osnes was born on November 19, 1985 in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA as Laura Ann Osnes. She is an actress, known for Late Show with David Letterman (1993), American Theater Wing Centennial Concert (2018) and Elementary (2012). She has been married to Nathan Johnson since May 11, 2007.

23. Carly Rae Jepsen

Soundtrack | Ballerina

Carly Rae Jepsen was born on November 21, 1985 in Mission, British Columbia, Canada.

24. Fran Drescher

Writer | The Nanny

Francine Joy Drescher was born on September 30th, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York to Mort Drescher and Sylvia Drescher. Fran, as she is called, attended Hillcrest High school in New York with another now-famous name, Ray Romano. She was a studious girl and was quite popular. In fact, at age ...

25. Eden Espinosa

Actress | Ugly Betty

Eden Espinosa was born on February 2, 1978 in Anaheim, California, USA as Eden Erica Espinosa. She is an actress, known for Ugly Betty (2006), Tangled: The Series (2017) and Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008). She has been married to Joseph Abate since October 16, 2010.

26. Cady Huffman

Soundtrack | Ronin

Younger sister of Linus Huffman. Appeared as a child in local Santa Barbara theater, alongside Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards. Won 2001 Tony Award for playing "Ulla" in "The Producers". Nominated for an Outer Critics' Circle Award for best featured actress in a play for "The Nance". Nominated for ...

27. Kim Huber

Actress | Passions

Kim Huber is known for her work on Passions (1999).

28. Josefina Scaglione

Actress | HairBrained

Lovely and willowy brunette soprano singer and actress Josefina Scaglione was born in 1987 in Argentina. Both of her parents work in medicine while two of her grandparents were professional violinists. Josefina used to sing and dance around the house when she was a little girl and first became ...

29. Alicia Morton

Actress | The Wonderful World of Disney

Alicia Morton was born on April 29, 1987 in Gonzales, Louisiana, USA. She is an actress, known for The Wonderful World of Disney (1995), The Thirst (2006) and Miracle Run (2004).

30. Mary Martin

Actress | Peter Pan

Originally a dance instructor, she came to Broadway during the Depression to begin her career as a professional actress. A daughter of Texas, she originally began work as a dance instructor until a local evangelical-adherent burned down her studio citing her work as being too sinful for human ...

31. Sarah Brightman

Soundtrack | Repo! The Genetic Opera

Sarah Brightman's soprano voice has sold millions of records and been heard in arenas, cathedrals, and Olympic stadiums around the world. Brightman is the winner of more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries, and is a concert artist who has performed before millions of fans on every ...

32. Gina Beck

Actress | Les Misérables

Gina Beck is an actress, known for Les Misérables (2012), Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010) and Doctors (2000).

33. Samantha Barks

Actress | Les Misérables

Samantha Barks was born in Laxey, Isle of Man (British Isles) in 1990. She is a British actress best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables. In 2008, Samantha competed in I'd Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End ...

34. Tracie Thoms

Actress | Rent

Tracie Thoms was born on August 19, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Tracie Nicole Thoms. She is an actress, known for Rent (2005), Death Proof (2007) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

35. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

36. Patti LuPone

Actress | Witness

A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced. She was christened Patti in ...

37. Kristy Cates

Actor | Life in Free Fall

Kristy Cates is an actor, known for Life in Free Fall (2015), I Don't Know, Alaska! (2012) and Winning New York (2015).