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  • Trent
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    #431503

    A similar thread exists like this for television.

    Who do you think, based on their recent career, has achieved the notoriety on Broadway that Meryl Streep has achieved in film?

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    It’s you, Trent 🙂

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    tonorlo
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    If anyone deserves the “title,” it’s Julie Harris. Her Broadway career spanned 51 years, and 33 Broadway productions. The five performances for which she won Tony Awards bespeaks a remarkable versatility: a promiscuous entertainer trying to make her way in pre-Nazi Berlin, Joan of Arc before the tribunal, a divorcee trying to control her feelings for her daughter’s suitor, a latter-day Mary Todd Lincoln, and her one-woman tour-de-force as Emily Dickinson… Drama, comedy, musicals… this lady conquered them all, and wracked up an exceptionally impressive catalogue of theatre work.

    Of those mentioned on this list, Angela Lansbury comes closest to qualifying, and certainly deserves a lion’s share of respect for her own laudable achievements, among them becoming the first performer to be nominated for all four female acting categories at the Tony Awards (and amassing her own five Tony Awards as a Jazz Age darling, eccentric optimist, the ultimate stage mother, an opportunistic murder accomplice, and a batty mystic).   

     

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    Sutton Foster is no young and she is already legendary. She may go down as one of the greats with Ethel Morman and more.

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    allabout oscars
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    Angela lansbury fans ..get real..
    When it comes to acting, the Streep of broadway
    is Cherry Jones….

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    GoMe91
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    So many choices!

    I have to say…Audra McDonald. 5 Tonys. Tons of respect and talent. She can sing as well as she can act as well as she can dance. 

    I know Angela Landsbury is older and also has tons of talent and respect and a record number of Tonys but…I don’t care. Audra McDonald hands down is the Broadway queen right now. I mean she left a TV show just to do Porgy and Bess. That is commitment right there.

    SUtton Foster is third behind Angela Landsbury. Oh, and I suppose Bernadette Peters is up there also (my favorite Mama Rose).

    I think Kelli O’;Hara is very underrated (as in, she has a bundle of Tony noms, but no one ever talks about her…) so I’m glad she was at least included on this list. I think you forgot Patti Lupone though…

    Actually, my favorite Broadway actress of all time is Donna McKechnie…but she really hasn’t done much since A Chorus Line so I can understand why she wouldn’t be considered. But still…I love her.

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    Boidiva02
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    what about Patti Lupone?

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    Will
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    That Meryl Streep’s cult is kind of crazy, like she’s a golden standard or something.
    But if we are talking about the most acclaimed living Broadway actresses we need to mention Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone and Julie Harris way before Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara.  

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    I agree that Julie Harris would probably be my vote but I decided to stick with the list of choices and voted for the next possible best choice and that was Angela Lansbury….who has had her equal share of Tony wins and is considered a legend in nearly every entertainment field and not only Theatre. However, Bernadette Peters is probaby my PERSONAL favorite….I adore her dearly.

    I must that Audra also has to be considered as well. I think Sutton Foster is definitely on the march to being a Broadway legend and her Tony wins put her in the same category with people like Christine Ebersole and Bernadette Peters (though Bernadette should have four). Christine Ebersole is also another one that I absolutely love!!! Oh and Victoria Clark should be here if only for Light in the Piazza alone.

    Kelli O’Hara is DEFINITELY underrated and of her four nominations, her first three were all worthy to even pull off a win, especially in the case of “Piazza” (though she had very tough competition when she was up for Pajama Game and then of course she faced Patti’s Rose when up for South Pacific). I think she will definitely win one day, possibly two.

    Donna Murphy is an interesting case because most people love her but I am not the biggest fan. She was fine in The King and I and Wonderful Town but very good in The People in the Picture….however….she absolutely was STUNNING in Passion. I will always give her credit for that performance.

    I am not sure why Stockard Channing and Jan Maxwell are on this list. I love both of them but I don’t think they have had that huge of a response to be considered.

    Patti LuPone wouldn’t be my choice but she definitely deserves to be on the list as a top 5 choice.

    I LOVE the Donna McKechnie reference!!!

    Other people who should be on this list:
    Elaine Stritch
    Barbara Cook
    Gwen Verdon
    Chita Rivera
    Mary Martin   

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    Will
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    I totally forgot about Chita Rivera!

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    efficiency
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    Definitely Bernadette or Chita!

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    Angela

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    The great Angela Lansbury or Carol Channing

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    Meryl has garnered a reputation through playing a myriad of characters and personalities. Lansbury is probably the Meryl-iest in that line up. 

    Elaine Stritch and Carol Channing, while respected, are not exactly known as chameleons when it comes to performing. 

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    Angela Lansbury, but Audra McDonald is closing in.

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