From Judy Garland to Idina Menzel: Broadway's Leading Ladies Get Animated

Have you ever been sitting in a movie theatre watching an animated film, or in front of a television watching a cartoon, and thought to yourself that the voice of that singing cat or chicken or princess sounded strangely familiar?

Just this year, Disney's hit movie "Frozen" featured the vocal talents of Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana, and they're just the most recent in a long line of Broadway stars who have lent their voices to animated features. In part one of Playbill's tour through Broadway stars who have been animated, we take a look at the leading ladies, from cats voiced by Judy Garland and Carol Channing, to a chicken with the voice of Audra McDonald.

 

Judy Garland as Mewsette in "Gay Purr-ee" (1962)

Carol Channing as Mehitabel in "Shinbone Alley" (1971)

Ethel Merman as Mombi, the Bad Witch in "Journey Back to Oz" (1974)

Liza Minnelli as Dorothy in "Journey Back to Oz" (1974)

Pearl Bailey as Big Mama in "The Fox and the Hound" (1981)

Bette Midler as Georgette in "Oliver & Company" (1988)

Jodi Benson as Ariel in " The Little Mermaid" (1989)

 

 

Ellen Greene as Goldie in "Rock a Doodle" (1991)

Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)

Lea Salonga in " Aladdin" (1992)

 

Bernadette Peters as Rita on "Animaniacs" (1993)

Barbara Cook as Mother in "Thumbelina" (1994)

Carol Channing in "Thumbelina" (1994)

 

Judy Kuhn as the singing voice of Pocahontas in "Pocahontas" (1995)

Susan Egan as Meg in "Hercules" (1997)

Liz Callaway as the singing voice of Anastasia in "Anastasia" (1997)

Bernadette Peters in "Anastasia" (1997)

 

Lea Salonga as the singing voice of Mulan in "Mulan" (1998)

Liz Callaway in "The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars" (1998)

 

Christiane Noll as the singing voice of Anna Leonowens in "The King and I" (1999)

Anika Noni Rose as Tiana in "The Princess and the Frog" (2009)

Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel in "Tangled" (2010)

Audra McDonald as a chicken on "Sesame Street" (2012)

Idina Menzel as Elsa in "Frozen" (2014)