Broadway Scene Stealers: The Women

By Ben Rimalower
22 Aug 2013

Mary Testa
Mary Testa

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of his top ten female scene-stealers in Broadway musicals.

For me, making a list of the Top Ten Female Scene Stealers is an intensely “Sophie’s Choice” moment. My favorite thing in the world is female scene stealers, second only to female scene rightful owners —and it’s a close second! I’ve really had to be strict with myself.

Part of me wants to take this opportunity to right the wrongs of the Tony Awards by including Off-Broadway performances (like Mary Testa in A New Brain), but that blows the playing field open too damn wide. Similarly, I've limited myself to musicals, much as I've seen some serious scene theft in straight plays (Rondi Reed in August: Osage County anyone?). This list cannot be all things to all people! Okay, that's enough disclaiming for now, except to add that my scope is limited by the shows I have actually seen, and as I've said before, if you think something's missing, invite me to the theatre sometime!

Click through to read my list of female scene stealers.

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