The Lady's Got Potential: Top Ten Up-and-Coming Musical Actresses
04 Jan 2014
Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the top ten up-and-coming actresses in musical theatre. Click through to see his selections.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating: There are few theatrical pleasures more invigorating than experiencing a talented woman bringing down the house in a musical, blowing the proverbial roof off the theatre. Luckily for those of us who live in New York City, there seems to be a constant influx of young performers with great skills who are eager to see their names in lights.
Here are some of the most exciting, young musical actresses working in New York today. I've excluded anyone who's already won a Tony (like fireball Patina Miller) and anyone who's been nominated for a Tony (like go-to ingénue Laura Osnes), figuring those ladies have essentially had a big break already. Also, this list is in alphabetical order, as ranking these artists would be like comparing altos and oranges.
Click through to read my choices for up-and-coming musical actresses.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.