Sutton Foster
American actress
Sutton Foster
Sutton Lenore Foster is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Foster is best known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards, in 2002 for her role of Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and in 2011 for her role of Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Her other Broadway credits include Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. She will star in the upcoming ABC Family television series Bunheads.
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On the Culture Front: Falsettos, Stephin Merritt, Andrew Bird, and more
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I saw "Falsettos" the day after the election in a haze of despair. The woman sitting next to me quietly sobbed throughout the show, and I felt tears welling up when Stephanie J. Block sang, "I'm tired...of all the happy men who rule the world," in her rousing rendition of "Trina's Song." Trina's world is falling apart. Her marriage has been shattered by the news her husband is gay, and her mind is spinning to find a scenario that keeps her family intact. The thought jumps one step further in the chorus' refrain that laments the patriarchy. William Finn's frantic score matches the intensity of the neurotic characters. Multiple thought lines often run parallel through the dynamic and frenzied songs until they clash in a moment of color clarity. A tragedy wrapped in farce, "Falsettos" makes a vivid case for the value of families outside the traditional nuclear ones extolled by social conservatives. While William Finn and James Lapine wrote "Falsettos" at the beginning of the Reagan adminis ...
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Where Is She Going?: Sweet Charity Revived
Huffington Post - 3 months
Where is She Going?: Sweet Charity Revived I had a great time at the New Group's current, vest pocket revival of Sweet Charity, directed by Leigh Silverman. Its clear raison d'être is star Sutton Foster, who creates a goofy and endearing Charity, the perpetually out-of-luck romantic whose eight-year employment in the "rent-a-body business" hasn't hardened her to the possibility of finding love. Even in the opening scene, while waiting for her newest beau, Charlie (his name is tattooed on her arm), she sings to a series of potential new beaus in Central Park who sling her around and upside down, an apt movement metaphor for her grab-at-anything approach to love. The production is carried along by Foster's inspired clowning and song-and-dance brio. She even dances in character. Her sleek Reno Sweeney tapping is here replaced by gangly body language that embodies the character's confusion over her endless bad choices. Oscar, the insurance actuary she thinks may fina ...
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'Sweet Charity' provides triple-threat Sutton Foster 'room to show'
Huffington Post - 3 months
By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, December 2, 2016 When they build the musical theater equivalent of Mount Rushmore, I know who one of the faces will be. My only complaint about the inimitable Sutton Foster is that I have a hard time figuring out what she does best. Flawless dancing? Check. Stunning singing? Yup. Hilarious physical comedy? For sure. But the thing that puts the cherry on the Foster cupcake (and makes her latest, a small-scale revival of the 1966 Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical Sweet Charity, so brilliant) is that while doing all that singing and dancing and laugh-generating and even gymnastics (just watch this), she manages to imbue every moment with a depth of character that most performers don't attain even without the high kicks and tumbles. The psychological and emotional progression of the story doesn't stop for the musical numbers, rather, thanks to Foster, they are expanded by it. This revival is not as sweet as Charity usually is. ...
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Review: A Thoroughly Modern ‘Sweet Charity’ Who Abandons Hope
NYTimes - 3 months
Sutton Foster’s Charity is vaguely aware that becoming a doormat for men was a bad career choice in this revival at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
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The Entirety Of Broadway Wants You To Get Out And Vote Today
Huffington Post - 4 months
Bette Midler, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Kristin Chenoweth, Cyndi Lauper, Andrew Rannells, Telly Leung, Danny Burstein, Laura Benanti, Nick Kroll, Jonathon Groff, Sutton Foster, Harvey Fierstein. All of Broadway, Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth claims on Facebook, wants you to get out and vote today.  In a video created by Roth, the cast and creators of every current Broadway show implore Americans to head to their polling stations and help choose our country’s next president. “It’s our time tonight to get loud,” Gavin Creel and Robbie Roth sing as images of the theater community holding “Vote” signs flash before viewers. The song, titled “Noise,” was originally released in 2011. It’s now the soundtrack for Roth’s video, which was released on Monday ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Let this be the anthem that gets you through an eventful day. If you need another one, check out the cast of “Hamilton” urging fans to #Ham4Vote. Bonu ...
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'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Opens Up About Being Sexually Fluid
Huffington Post - 8 months
"Younger" star Nico Tortorella has revealed that he's sexually fluid.  The 27-year-old actor and model, who is currently in a relationship with a woman, opened up about his sexuality in a Page Six interview at an American Express LGBT Pride event with the Infatuation blog on Tuesday.  “It’s just a fluidity. . . We’re all kind of moving into this one situation,” Tortorella, who plays Sutton Foster's hunky love interest on "Younger," said. Still, he stopped short of calling his remarks a "coming out" in the traditional sense.   "I think it’s one thing to hide. . . and it’s one thing to come out of the closet in a public statement," he said. "But I've always done me and never been shy."  Speaking on "The Drop-In with Will Malnati” podcast earlier this month, Tortorella said he likes to think of himself as "label-less."  "I don't see the world as gender binary -- man, woman. There's a whole spectrum of people that fit into all of it, and I've dated all of them, a lot of th ...
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Introducing Sutton Foster, the 40-Year-Old Ingénue of ‘Younger,’ Again
NYTimes - about 1 year
The star of the stealth hit sitcom has stood out on Broadway, but she is having her TV breakout moment.
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Introducing Sutton Foster, the 40-Year-Old Ingénue of ‘Younger,’ Again
NYTimes - about 1 year
The star of the stealth hit sitcom has stood out on Broadway, but she is having her TV breakout moment.
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Creator Darren Star and actress Sutton Foster reveal what they think makes 'Younger' work
LATimes - about 1 year
Darren Star's "Younger" is a dreamy, confectionary fairy tale of New York in its second season on TV Land. Sutton Foster, formerly of the cultishly, critically admired "Bunheads" and before that a Tony-winning star of Broadway musicals, plays Liza, who gave up a career as a book editor to raise...
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Creator Darren Star and actress Sutton Foster reveal what they think makes 'Younger' work
LATimes - about 1 year
Darren Star's "Younger" is a dreamy, confectionary fairy tale of New York in its second season on TV Land. Sutton Foster, formerly of the cultishly, critically admired "Bunheads" and before that a Tony-winning star of Broadway musicals, plays Liza, who gave up a career as a book editor to raise...
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Not My Job: Sutton Foster Gets Quizzed On Tonys (Not The Awards)
NPR - about 1 year
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is quizzed on Anthonys.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sutton Foster
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    She is currently working on a new album set for release in 2016. She is currently a professor and instructor of theatre at Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance where she received her honorary doctorate. Foster met actor Christian Borle in college, and married him on September 18, 2006. During a radio interview in 2010, it was confirmed that Foster and Borle divorced. Foster and Borle still remain friends and continue to support each other's work. Foster dated actor Bobby Cannavale from 2010 to 2011. In April 2012, Foster confirmed their breakup.
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    She appears on the game show Match Game, broadcast on ABC beginning in June 2016.
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    In 2016, she starred opposite Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley in the Stephen Schwartz revue Defying Gravity in Australia before returning to the off-Broadway stage as Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    She returned to Encores! in July 2015 to play Queenie in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.
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    She made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2015, with guest appearances from Joshua Henry and Megan McGinnis.
    More Details Hide Details This was part of a new tour effort An Evening With Sutton Foster: Broadway In Concert.
    It was originally set to be released January 13, 2015 but she stated on January 31 in an interview at TETA TheatreFest 2015 in Houston, Texas that the release was delayed.
    More Details Hide Details The series premiered on March 31, 2015 and was renewed for a second season, which began airing in January 2016, shortly after it was renewed for a third season, set for a release at the end of the year. In July 2016, season three began filming, and the series was renewed for a fourth season. Also in 2016, Foster will have a recurring role on the miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
  • 2014
    Age 38
    She and Griffin married on October 25, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Foster is a self-proclaimed dog lover, and has had two dogs since her Broadway debut, Linus and Mabel. She makes artwork which she sells online and occasionally at art exhibits. She is a long time collaborator with Julien Havard. Sources:PlaybillVault Internet Broadway Database BroadwayWorld
    In 2014, she appeared opposite Robin Williams in the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Foster's debut solo album Wish was released by Ghostlight Records in February 2009.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    On September 19, 2013, Foster confirmed that she became engaged to screenwriter Ted Griffin.
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    She again performed concerts in August 2013 through 2014.
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    She made a third appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013, performing for the tribute to Shirley MacLaine.
    More Details Hide Details Foster performed a concert tour, An Evening With Sutton Foster from September 2010 to May 2011, performing songs from both her Broadway career and her solo album.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    Foster continued her relationship with Ball State in October 2012, performing in the staged reading of The Circus in Winter at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages in New York.
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    Foster's final performance was on March 11, 2012, when she was replaced by Stephanie J. Block.
    More Details Hide Details Foster left to film the television comedy-drama Bunheads, which premiered on ABC Family on June 11, 2012. From March to August 2014, Foster starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of the musical Violet at the American Airlines Theatre. Foster received her sixth Tony Award nomination for her performance.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    Foster played Reno Sweeney in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes, which began performances on March 10, 2011 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and officially opened on April 7, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Foster won her third Outer Critics Circle Award and second Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for her performance.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    Foster made her Off-Broadway debut in Paul Weitz's comedy Trust with Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale and Ari Graynor which began previews July 23, 2010 with an official opening August 12, running through September 12, 2010 at Second Stage Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Foster and Seth Rudetsky participated in the one night only Actors Fund benefit concert version of They're Playing Our Song on August 30, 2010 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, New York. The full cast included Efé, Kaitlyn Davidson, Alex Ellis, Maynard, Matt Loehr, and Jesse Nager, and was directed by Denis Jones.
    She continued her relationship with Ball State in September 2010 by working with students in the classroom, teaching master classes, and performing workshops for students of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
    More Details Hide Details In the spring of 2012, she returned to Ball State, teaching classes, mentoring the interdisciplinary team that wrote the musical The Circus in Winter, and co-directing the Department of Theatre and Dance's Spring 2012 production of The Drowsy Chaperone; she also spoke at commencement and received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree for her continued engagement with Ball State students.
    She taught the master class again in Fall Semester 2010, culminating in another performance at Joe's Pub, "Crazy for Gershwin".
    More Details Hide Details Both were musically directed by Deborah Abramson. She is now on the faculty of NYU's New Studio on Broadway. Foster taught a week-long master class session at Ball State University (Muncie, IN) in January 2010.
    She played her final performance on January 3, 2010, when the show closed on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details Foster participated in a reading of a work-in-progress new musical, Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale, in June 2009. Her brother, Hunter is writing the music for this musical. Foster starred as Nurse Fay Apple in the New York City Center's Encores! production of Anyone Can Whistle, which played from April 8 to April 11, 2010. Foster taught a Spring Semester master class at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Department of Drama, beginning in January 2010. It culminated in a cabaret performance at Joe's Pub in May titled "From Rodgers To Heart".
  • 2008
    Age 32
    She played Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, which opened on Broadway on December 14, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details For this role, Foster won her second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and was nominated for her fourth Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    The musical had a pre-Broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles in November to December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance earned her a third Tony nomination. Foster co-starred in Mel Brooks' musical adaptation of his film Young Frankenstein as the Swedish yodeling fraulein Inga from October 2007 to July 2008.
  • 2002
    Age 26
    Foster is a big reason the show is just about the cutest thing to hit Broadway since Annie's dimples, with perkily retro songs by Jeanine Tesori and clever staging by director Michael Mayer " Foster went on to win the 2002 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2005, Foster co-starred as Jo March opposite Maureen McGovern as Marmee in the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women, for which she was nominated for her second Tony Award. She returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in May 2006 in The Drowsy Chaperone, a spoof of 1920s musicals. She played Janet van de Graaff, a famous Broadway starlet who opts to forgo a stage career in favor of married life.
    During rehearsals of the pre-Broadway run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, she replaced the lead actress Erin Dilly, in the role of "Millie". She opened in the musical on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in 2002, to many positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Daily News reviewer described her: "newcomer Sutton Foster, who has the pert look, the silver voice and the dazzling legwork to make an extraordinarily winning Millie." Clive Barnes, reviewing for the New York Post wrote "Newcomer Sutton Foster's own star turn as Millie is perfectly charming, but as a star she doesn't twinkle, glitter or light up Broadway like a Christmas tree defying a July noon. But she has a good voice and is cutely agreeable." The Newsday reviewer wrote: "She has a smile that may remind you of Mary Tyler Moore, the gawky comic precision of the young Carol Burnett, the lyricism of a romantic heroine and a smallish but vibrant voice as accurate as it is expressive. As Millie, another of New York's prototypical small-town girls with big-city dreams, Foster appears unfazed by the burden of a character created onscreen by Julie Andrews. The newcomer takes the big stage with an uninhibited what-the-heck comfort level and the discipline to go with her instincts." Time Magazine wrote: "she's Foster got the full package: girlish gawkiness and Broadway brass, the legs and the lungs.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    She appeared on Broadway in 2000 as the understudy for Eponine in Les Misérables.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    Then she appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1997) and as Star to Be in Annie in 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 20
    Foster made her Broadway debut as an understudy for the character "Sandy Dumbrowski" in Grease in 1996.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on March 18, 1975.
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