Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera in 1997

When it comes to longevity, Chita Rivera has the edge. Time has treated her well. In her late eighties, she is a bona fide Broadway icon that can still pull off high kick sin her 2005 Broadway retrospective. Rivera has performed a lead role in a major Broadway musical for every decade … Read more

Mary Martin

Mary Martin

If there were someone to be named “Broadway’s Darling,” Mary Martin would fit the bill. Her coy smile, sweet singing, and lovely voice have graced some original roles in the Great White Way’s most beloved musicals. She earned Tony-winning leading roles in Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific. Martin … Read more

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

A classical soprano and a true Broadway diva, Audra McDonald blows the audiences away whenever she sets foot on the stage. She’s the instrument of operatic force in Broadway, and she has acting chops to back it all up. Audrey McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more wins than any other … Read more

Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon in 1954

One of the quintessential Broadway stars, Gwen Verdon, was one of the most energetic talents ever to grace the Great White Way. She carved out a special niche in the world of dance as the muse of famous director and choreographer Bob Fosse. Verdon was the anti-Ethel – while Ethel Merman  was implacable … Read more

Julie Andrews

Young Julie Andrews

Born in Great Britain, Julie Andrews took the American musical stage by storm. She’s a leading lady known for her soaring voice, her ability to play both comedic and dramatic roles, her old-fashioned ways, and her regal bearing. She did not play on the Broadway stage a lot, but she did have … Read more

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters’ Broadway career spans back to 1967, but she has moved beyond her early doll-like appeal to emerge as one of Stephen Sondheim’s leading interpreters. Her ageless face and angelic soprano voice brought her to success. She was particularly notable for her roles in the musicals Mack and Mabel, Song and Dance, Into the … Read more

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli in 1972

Born of a showbiz marriage between Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, Liza Minnelli has entertainment in her blood. She is a star with her own unique appeal, with amazing vocals and emotional gravitas that ignites its own special magic. She is famous for her huge acting choices, widened eyes, and spiky jazz-hand … Read more

Angela Lansbury

A young Angela Lansbury in 1966

Referred to by The New York Times as the “First Lady of Musical Theatre,” Angela Lansbury is a musical theater diva that covered the various breadth of class and theatrical styles. She is also famous from film and TV, especially through that 12-year stint as Jessica Fletcher in the popular ’80s to … Read more