Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Featured Actress
Awarded forOutstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byLauren Patten for Jagged Little Pill (2020)

† - indicates the performance also won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was nominated but did not win the Tony Award
§- indicates the performance also won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical ≠- indicates the performance was nominated but did not win the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical


Year Actress Musical Character
Donna Theodore Shenandoah Ann Anderson ‡
Boni Enten The Rocky Horror Show Columbia
Kelly Garrett The Night That Made America Famous Various Characters ‡
Mabel King The Wiz Evillene
Bonnie Langford Gypsy Baby June
Penelope Milford Shenandoah Jenny Anderson
Vivian Reed Bubbling Brown Sugar Marsha / Young Irene ‡
Travis Hudson Very Good Eddie Madame Matroppo
Mary Lou Rosato The Robber Bridegroom Salome
Dorothy Loudon Annie Miss Hannigan §
Delores Ivory Davis Porgy and Bess Serena
Ernestine Jackson Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown ≠
Barbara Lang The Robber Bridegroom Salome
Rita Moreno She Loves Me Ilona Ritter
Swoosie Kurtz A History of the American Film Bette
Bobo Lewis Working Rose / Grace / Fran / Lucille
Pamela Blair The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Amber
Lenora Nemetz Working Babe / Terry / Delores
Merle Louise Sweeney Todd Lucy Barker / The Beggar Woman
Patricia Drylie Ballroom Angie
Lynnie Godfrey Eubie! Various Characters
Grace Keagy Carmelina Rosa
Lisa Mordente Platinum Crystal Mason


Year Actress Musical Character
Debbie Allen West Side Story Anita ‡
Peggy Hewett A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine Mrs. Pavlenko
Carolyn Mignini Tintypes Performer
Janie Sell God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Sylvia Rosewater
Crissy Wilzak The 1940's Radio Hour Ginger Brooks
Mary Catherine Wright Tintypes Performer
Marilyn Cooper Woman of the Year Jan Donovan †
Jennifer Holliday Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Performer
Debbie Shapiro Perfectly Frank Performer
Liliane Montevecchi Nine Liliane La Fleur †
Anita Morris Carla Albanese ‡
Laurie Beechman Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The Narrator ‡
Shelly Burch Nine Claudia
Lonette McKee The First Rachel
Karla Burns Show Boat Queenie ‡
Kate McGregor-Stewart Beyond Therapy Charlotte
Michele-Denise Woods The Cradle Will Rock Ella Hammer
Catherine Cox Baby Pam Sakarian
Lila Kedrova Zorba Madame Hortense †
Laura Dean Doonesbury Boopsie
Bonnie Koloc The Human Comedy Kate
Marni Nixon Taking My Turn Edna
Leilani Jones Grind Satin †
Sharon Murray Grind Romaine
Marianne Tatum The Three Musketeers Milday de Winter
Charlayne Woodard Hang on to the Good Times Performer
Jana Schneider The Mystery of Edwin Drood Helena Landless / Janet Conover ‡
Elizabeth Berridge Cruise Control Suze
Wrestlers Angie
Faye Grant Singin' in the Rain Lina
Bebe Neuwirth Sweet Charity Nickie †
Jane Summerhays Me and My Girl Jaqueline 'Jackie' Carstone
Michele Bautier Stardust Performer
Sandra Chinn Funny Feet Various Characters
Janet Eilber Stepping Out Andy
Judy Kuhn Rags Bella Cohen
Les Misérables Cosette
Marcia Lewis Rags Rachel Halpern
Joanna Gleason Into the Woods The Baker's Wife§
Danielle Ferland Into the Woods Little Red Ridinghood
Lyn Greene Flora the Red Menace Comrade Charlotte
Judy Kaye The Phantom of the Opera Carlotta


Year Actress Musical Character
Randy Graff City of Angels Oolie / Donna †
Danielle Du Clos Aspects of Love Jenny Dillingham
Jane Krakowski Grand Hotel Freida Flamm / Flaemmchen ‡
Crista Moore Gypsy Louise
Karen Ziemba And the World Goes 'Round Various Characters
Alison Fraser The Secret Garden Martha Sowerby ‡
Rebecca Luker The Secret Garden Lily
Regina Resnik A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt
Tonya Pinkins Jelly's Last Jam Anita †
Liz Larsen The Most Happy Fella Cleo ‡
Michele Pawk Crazy for You Irene Roth
Barbara Walsh Falsettos Trina ‡
Andrea Martin My Favorite Year Alice Miller †
Julie Andrews Putting It Together Amy
Tovah Feldshuh Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! Various Characters
Karen Mason Carnival! Rosalie
Rachel York Putting It Together The Younger Woman
Audra McDonald Carousel Carrie Pipperidge †
Judy Blazer Hello Again The Nurse
Sally Mayes She Loves Me Ilona Ritter ‡
Donna Murphy Hello Again The Whore
Alene Robertson Annie Warbucks Commissioner Harriet Doyle
Rachel York Victor/Victoria Norma Cassidy
Veanne Cox Company Amy ‡
Kathy Fitzgerald Swinging on a Star Various Characters
Donna McKechnie State Fair Emily Arden
Christine Pedi Forbidden Hollywood Various Characters
Lillias White The Life Sonja †
Marcia Lewis Chicago Matron "Mama" Morton ‡
Andrea Martin Candide Old Lady ‡
Debra Monk Steel Pier Shelby Stevens ‡
Jennifer Simard I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Woman #1
Ruth Williamson The Green Heart Mrs. Tragger
Tsidii Le Loka The Lion King Rafiki ‡
Betty Buckley Triumph of Love Hesione ≠
Lea DeLaria On the Town Hildy Esterhazy
Anna Kendrick High Society Dinah Lord ‡
Ednita Nazario The Capeman Esmeralda Agrón
Michele Pawk Cabaret Fraulein Kost
Kristin Chenoweth You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sally Brown
Gretha Boston It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Various Characters ‡
Cheryl Freeman The Civil War Bessie Toler
Penny Fuller A New Brain Mimi Schwinn
Jane Lanier Fosse Various Characters
Eloise Laws It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Various Characters


Year Actress Musical Character
Karen Ziemba Contact Wife †
Nancy Anderson Jolson and Co. Mae West
Sally Ann Howes James Joyce's The Dead Aunt Julia Morkan
Eartha Kitt The Wild Party Dolores ‡
Alix Korey The Wild Party Madelaine True
Idina Menzel Kate
Cady Huffman The Producers Ulla Swanson †
Polly Bergen Follies Carlotta Campion ‡
Kathleen Freeman The Full Monty Jeanette Burmeister ‡
Randy Graff A Class Act Sophie ≠
Spencer Kayden Urinetown Little Sally ‡
Janine LaManna Seussical Gertrude McFuzz
Harriet Harris Thoroughly Modern Millie Mrs. Meers †
Liz Callaway The Spitfire Grill Shelby
Judy Kaye Mamma Mia! Rosie Mulligan ‡
Andrea Martin Oklahoma! Aunt Eller ‡
Karen Mason Mamma Mia! Tanya Chesham-Leigh
Kerry O'Malley Into the Woods The Baker's Wife
Jane Krakowski Nine Carla Albanese †
Kerry Butler Hairspray Penny Pingleton
Mary Stuart Masterson Nine Luisa Contini ‡
Sally Mayes Urban Cowboy Aunt Corene
Chita Rivera Nine Lillane La Fleur ‡
Debra Walton Cookin' at the Cookery Young Alberta Hunter
Isabel Keating The Boy from Oz Judy Garland ‡
Lovette George The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) Various Characters
Alix Korey Listen to My Heart Various Characters
Anika Noni Rose Caroline, or Change Emmie Thibodeaux †
Jennifer Simard The Thing About Men Woman
Mary Testa First Lady Suite Lorena Hickock
Jan Maxwell Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Baroness Bomburst ‡
Joanna Gleason Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Muriel ‡
Kecia Lewis Dessa Rose Dorcas
Maureen McGovern Little Women Marmee
Jennifer Simard Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit Various Characters
Sarah Uriarte Berry The Light in the Piazza Franca Naccarelli
Beth Leavel The Drowsy Chaperone Beatrice Stockwell †
Carolee Carmello Lestat Gabrielle ‡
Leslie Kritzer The Great American Trailer Park Musical Pickles
Amy Spanger The Wedding Singer Holly
Mary Testa See What I Wanna See Aunt Monica
Mary Louise Wilson Grey Gardens Edith Bouvier Beale †
Debra Monk Curtains Carmen Bernstein
Linda Balgord The Pirate Queen Queen Elizabeth I
Celia Keenan-Bolger Les Misérables Éponine
Orfeh Legally Blonde Paulette ‡
Barbara Walsh Company Joanne
Karen Ziemba Curtains Georgia Hendricks ‡
Laura Benanti Gypsy Louise †
Leslie Kritzer A Catered Affair Jane Hurley
Andrea Martin Young Frankenstein Frau Blucher ‡
Mary Testa Xanadu Melpomene / Medusa
Amy Warren Adding Machine Daisy Devore
Mare Winningham 10 Million Miles Various Characters
Haydn Gwynne Billy Elliot the Musical Mrs. Wilkinson ‡
Farah Alvin The Marvelous Wonderettes Missy
Christina Bianco Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab Various Characters
Karen Olivo West Side Story Anita †
Nancy Opel The Toxic Avenger Mayor
Martha Plimpton Pal Joey Gladys Bumps ‡


Year Actress Musical Character
Katie Finneran Promises, Promises Marge MacDougall †
Carolee Carmello The Addams Family Alice Beineke
Carrie Cimma Lizzie Borden Bridget Sullivan
Angela Lansbury A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt ‡
Kenita R. Miller Langston in Harlem Zora Neale Hurston
Terri White Finian's Rainbow Dottie
Laura Benanti Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Candela ‡
Kerry Butler Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong
Victoria Clark Sister Act Mother Superior ‡
Jill Eikenberry The Kid Judith Savage
Nikki M. James The Book of Mormon Nabalungi Hatimbi †
Patti LuPone Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Lucia ‡
Laura Osnes Anything Goes Hope Harcourt
Judy Kaye Nice Work If You Can Get It Estonia Dulworth †
Marin Mazzie Carrie Margaret White
Jessie Mueller On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Melinda Wells ‡
Elaine Paige Follies Carlotta Campion
Sarah Sokolovic The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World Betty Wiggin
Melissa van der Schyff Bonnie & Clyde Blanche Barrow
Andrea Martin Pippin Berthe †
Annaleigh Ashford Kinky Boots Lauren ‡
Melissa Errico Passion Clara
Jessie Mueller The Mystery of Edwin Drood Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover
Christiane Noll Chaplin: The Musical Hannah Chaplin
Keala Settle Hands on a Hardbody Norma Valverde ‡
Kate Wetherhead The Other Josh Cohen Various Characters
Anika Larsen Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Cynthia Weil
Lauren Worsham A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Phoebe D'Ysquith ‡
Stephanie J. Block Little Miss Sunshine Sheryl Hoover
Adriane Lenox After Midnight Various Characters ‡
Sydney Lucas Fun Home Small Alison Bechdel
Laura Osnes The Threepenny Opera Polly Peachum
Jennifer Simard Disaster! Sister Mary Downy ‡
Renée Elise Goldsberry Hamilton Angelica Schuyler
Carolee Carmello Finding Neverland Emma Wightwick du Maurier
Tyne Daly It Shoulda Been You Judy Steinberg
Elizabeth A. Davis Allegro Jenny Brinker
Luba Mason Pretty Filthy Georgina Congress
Nancy Opel Honeymoon in Vegas Bea Singer
Elizabeth Stanley On the Town Claire De Loone
Jane Krakowski She Loves Me Ilona Ritter ‡
Danielle Brooks The Color Purple Sofia Johnson ‡
Alison Fraser First Daughter Suite Betty Ford / Nancy Reagan
Rachel Bay Jones Dear Evan Hansen Heidi Hansen †
Mary Testa First Daughter Suite Barbara Bush
Jenn Colella Come from Away Annette, Beverly Bass, and others ‡
Kate Baldwin Hello, Dolly! Irene Molloy ‡
Stephanie J. Block Falsettos Trina ‡
Mary Beth Peil Anastasia Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
Nora Schell Spamilton Various Characters
Lindsay Mendez Carousel Carrie Pipperidge †
Kenita R. Miller Once On This Island Mama Euralie
Ashley Park Mean Girls Gretchen Weiners ‡
Diana Rigg My Fair Lady Mrs. Higgins ‡
Kate Rockwell Mean Girls Karen Smith
Ali Stroker Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Ado Annie Carnes †
Stephanie Hsu Be More Chill Christine Canigula
Leslie Kritzer Beetlejuice Delia Deetz / Miss Argentina
Soara-Joye Ross Carmen Jones Frankie
Sarah Stiles Tootsie Sandy Lester ‡
Mary Testa Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Aunt Eller ‡


Year Actress Musical Character
Lauren Patten Jagged Little Pill Jo
Yesenia Ayala West Side Story Anita
Paula Leggett Chase The Unsinkable Molly Brown Ensemble
LaChanze The Secret Life of Bees August
Alyse Alan Louis Soft Power Zoe/Hillary

See alsoEdit


  • "Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress in a Musical". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.

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