The Lady's Got Potential: Top Ten Up-and-Coming Musical Actresses

By Ben Rimalower
04 Jan 2014



Sarah Stiles

Sarah Stiles (@lulubellestiles)

Starting out as an understudy and later taking over various parts in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sarah Stiles eventually assumed the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q on Broadway.  I can only imagine how funny and original she must have been in those shows, based on her inspired work as Little Red Riding Hood in the recent Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods. Stiles' Little Red was wholly integrated with the anachronistic tone of the retelling of her character's fairy tale and managed to maintain the intrinsic innocence while incorporating a more contemporary disposition and sexuality, If it sounds contrived in my description, in action it was effortless and engaging. Stiles is definitely one to watch.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)