Best Original Cast Performances on Broadway

The original cast performances are the most significant ones when it comes to a Broadway show. Especially if the shows are not booked to stay for long. They are the ones who make the first impression and the success of the play depends largely on them. Here are the best original cast performances on Broadway!

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) 

“Hamilton” is such a success that people actually forget that Lin won four Tony Award for Best Musical for “In the Heights” in 2008. The play for the “embodiment of RnB” – Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton won 12, barely breaking the record of “The Producers” in the process. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the most versatile and well-rounded talents of our generation. He’s a singer-songwriter, playwright, stage and screen star. His role as his happy-go-lucky, yet hard-working “version” of Hamilton has received huge audience and critical acclaim. He even received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, only to lose it to Leslie Odom Jr. for his acting master class as, well…Aaron Burr. 

Idina Menzel (Wicked)

A true trailblazer, Idina Menzel was the “first” and most popular Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West. 

After premiering more than 17 years ago, “Wicked” is still as popular in day 1. Both of the main characters – Elphaba and Glinda, played originally by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth respectively has received high praises. The also received a Tony Awards nomination for their performance. It was won by Menzel for her masterful depiction of the roguish and spiteful anti-hero. 

Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen)

Evan Hansen is a pretty hard, multilayered character. It requires serious skill to pull it. After all, being a depressed, socially-awkward scheming teenager can be a challenge, unless you ARE one. Ben Platt proved his class in the 2016 Broadway super hit. 

The protagonist – the mentioned-above Evan, goes through a lot, and Mr. Platt manages to pull it off without making the audience lose their smile in the process. That is why he was awarded the Tony Award for Best actor in 2017. I have to mention that Ben is still very young – he just turned 27 (Happy Birthday, Ben!), so the future is ahead of him and is very, very bright. 

Sarah Brightman (Phantom of the Opera)

Can a single role launch your career into stardom? Yes, it can! Especially if you’re name is Sarah Brightman, and you’re playing Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” that that is Broadway’s Classic with capital C. 

Since her terrifying scream at the end of the “Phantom of the Opera” (the musical act) her career was in the stratosphere. She has achieved success as an actress and as a singer. Her trophy cabinet has awards from all over the world, including a Guinness World Record, a couple of UNESCO awards, and an Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. 

Those above are amongst the biggest superstars on Broadway and in the world. Their individual acting skills were vital for the best original cast performances on Broadway! 

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