Star Quality: Broadway's Best Belting

By Ben Rimalower
19 Apr 2014

Tonya Pinkins

10. Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change

Tony-winner Tonya Pinkins' performance in Caroline, Or Change was so thrillingly passionate and had such dramatic gravitas, it's easy to forget she didn't win the award for that show. Her Tony was actually for Jelly's Last Jam. (She was also nominated for Play On!—see a trend?) Still, Caroline takes the cake. Tonya's rendition of the climactic aria "Lot's Wife" is on a very, very short list of Broadway gold. You can't take your eyes off her.