Who do you think is the best Lead Actress in a Musical winner from 2000 through 2009? Vote in the poll and then comment with your thoughts and your runners-up!
The Lead Actress winners are much more iconic than the male ones, it’s interesting. I agree with Andrew, definitely Christine Ebersole in GREY GARDENS. I’d then say a tie between Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters in GYPSY (who didn’t win, but lost to Marissa J Winokur) because I loved both of their Mama Roses equally. Then, I would have to say Victoria Clark in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Heather Headley gets my honorable mention because I didn’t get to see it, but the videos I’ve seen of her in AIDA on YouTube I love so if I had seen her performance it would’ve probably been a fave.
Ripley > Clark > Ebersole
Idina. So sue me. I saw her about three months in (before her voice got hamburgered later in the run) and the vocal fireworks were thrilling. Rent made her known, but Wicked made her a star.
I also saw Ebersole (in Grey Gardens) and Clark and both were absolutely exquisite and perfect, but there was just a raw excitement to Idina in Wicked that no one else matched. I would also argue that Idina beat out the strongest pool of nominees for her Tony.
And didn’t deserved the award over Pinkins and, maybe, Murphy. Sorry.