Women of Broadway

Although they may not always be making the headlines, Broadway actresses of the past and present are women of talent and character who can serve as role models for women of all ages. These few examples are an inspiration both on and off the stage. 

1. Patty LuPone: “All my career, I've said this: Critics and producers think audiences want actors that only present the silhouette and hit the points in the silhouette. What I do is too dangerous.” This two-time Tony Award winner is known for numerous leading Broadway roles, including the original casts of Les Miserables and Evita

2. Jessie Mueller: A modern-day Broadway wonder who has starred in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and the show Witress, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. Jessie Mueller is an inspiration for all women and aspiring actors. 

3. Laura Osnes: With Tony Awards for her roles in Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella, this Broadway princess is sweet, humble and kind. 

4. Idina Menzel: One of the most well-known names of musical theater today, Idina Menzel, star of Wicked and Rent and the voice of Elsa in Frozen even has her own musical, If/Then

5. Kristin Chenoweth: Although she is most known in the theater world for playing Glinda in Wicked alongside Menzel, Chenoweth has actually starred in multiple other shows, and is a powerhouse of talent. 

6. Renee Elise Goldsberry: Most recently earning her fame from her role as Angelica Schuyler in the new hit musical Hamilton, Goldsberry has stood up for numerous issues regarding women, minorities and other topics, using her voice to make a difference. 

7. Philippa Soo: This rising star who played Elizabeth Schuyler in Hamilton will go down in history as one who was a part of the revolution on Broadway. 

8. Sutton Foster: Largely recognized for her award-winning roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, and now her hit TV show Younger, Sutton Foster is a dancing, singing, acting wonder. 

9. Bernadette Peters: “You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?” Known for defining the show Into the Woods and playing in numerous other musicals, alongside other acting roles, Bernadette Peters is certainly one who follows her own advice to not be afraid to stand out.

10. Julie Andrews: Need I say more about this queen of everything?