Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Snyder, Diane
June 2006
Back Stage East;6/1/2006, Vol. 47 Issue 22, p32
Trade Publication
The article announces the best performance in a musical by a leading actress. Sutton Foster performed notably well in "The Drowsy Chaperone." At a time when Broadway suffered from a dearth of young leading ladies with both chops and charisma, the perky, plucky Foster pleasingly filled that void. In "The Color Purple," LaChanze's demonstrated that she is more than capable of the task. She played as Celie, a poor African-American woman who overcomes ignorance and abuse to build a rich life. Patti LuPone surprised everybody in "Sweeney Todd," for her humor, pathos and expertise with the tuba and bells.


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