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BWW Countdown: You Get to Rank the Top-10 Sutton Foster Roles

For over a dozen years, the name "Sutton Foster" has been synonymous with Broadway greatness. She's been nominated for six Tony Awards in that time, taking home two, and she is again nominated this year for her portrayal of a physically and emotionally scarred woman in Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawely's musical VIOLET.

Tony voters will have their say on June 8th, but now, BroadwayWorld wants to know which of Sutton's roles is your favorite. Take a look at the list, follow @BroadwayWorld on Twitter, and tweet the hashtag #BWWCountdownSutton and your answer. We will unveil your picks on Friday, June 6th, right before the Tonys.


Sutton was promoted from understudy to leading lady during MILLIE's out-of-town tryout, and quickly became Broadway's "It Girl," winning her first Tony Award as the flapper intent to marry her way to a better life. Can I think of anyone more deserving of a big break? "Not for the Life of Me."

Just before she left MILLIE, Sutton spoke to BWW about her meteoric rise to the top of the theatre world.

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Less than a year after she left MILLIE, Sutton earned her second Tony nomination, this time for playing Jo March in the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel LITTLE WOMEN. In a word, her performance was "Astonishing."

Check out the video of Sutton's "Astonishing" performance on THE TODAY SHOW from BroadwayWorld's archives.

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Next, Sutton returned to Broadway as a show-girl giving up the stage for love in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Not only did Sutton "Show Off" as Janet Van De Graaff, but she earned her a third Tony nomination for this hilarious musical as well.

The BWW archives has video of Sutton's Tony Awards performance of "Show Off" and incredible photos from Opening Night.

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After DROWSY, Sutton took on the Teri Garr role of Inga in Mel Brooks' musical adaptation of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Don't tell the doctor, but after seeing her in this part, I think a lot of fans wanted to take Sutton for a "Roll in the Hay."

Our BroadwayWorld archives have great production photos and shots from the Opening Night party. You can also see highlight's from the show on BWW TV.

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Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL

Sutton went from one big, green monster to another, this time playing Princess Fionna in SHREK THE MUSICAL. She earned her fourth Tony nomination while letting her "Freak Flag" fly.

BroadwayWorld has great shots of the cast in action, as well as photos from the Opening Night celebration. We also have footage from Sutton singing "Morning Person" on THE TODAY SHOW. Also, just after the 2009 Tony Awards, Sutton was the focus of an episode of BroadwayWorld's Priceless Spotlight.

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Prudence in TRUST

Sutton's next project was quite the departure from her musical, girl-next-door persona. She played a dominatrix name Prudence alongside Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, and Ari Graynor in the Off-Broadway play TRUST. This show proved that no matter what Sutton Foster tells you to do, the answer is always, "Yes ma'am."

Check out all of the sexy Sutton pics from this Second Stage world premiere comedy from the BWW archives, as well as shots from the Opening Night party here.

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On the heels of TRUST, Sutton joined star of stage, screen, and SiriusXM, Seth Rudetsky for a one-night-only Actors Fund concert of THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG. As Sonia, Sutton reminded me that anytime I get to see her perform, "I Still Believe in Love."

The BWW archive has groovy pictures and footage from the concert, as well as photos from the after-party.

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Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES

In her return to Broadway, Sutton slipped into the tap shoes of Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of ANYTHING GOES. In a role that she was seemingly born to play, Sutton won her second Tony Award, and confirmed that, yes Sutton, "You're the Top!"

The BWW TV archive has footage of Sutton's breathtaking Tony Award performance of "Anything Goes," as well as great video of her and Tony winner Joel Grey singing "Friendship." We also have multiple galleries (Gallery 1, Gallery 2) of beautiful show shots and pictures from the of Opening Night part. During the show, Sutton spoke to BWW about her incredible career.

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Michelle Simms in BUNHEADS

Though it took her away from the New York stage, Sutton's next project did bring her onto our TVs every week. On ABC Family's dramedy BUNHEADS, Sutton played Michelle Simms, a down-on-her-luck Las Vegas showgirl who marries a sweet admirer on a whim and moves to California. She ends up teaching dance in a ballet studio owned by her eccentric mother-in-law, played by Tony winner Kelly Bishop. Despite being criminally cancelled after just one season, the show proved what Broadway fans already knew, that Sutton Foster is a star.

The BroadwayWorld archive has dozens of BUNHEADS pictures. Also, during the show's run, Sutton spoke exclusively to BroadwayWorld about her TV experience.

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Violet Karl in VIOLET

After a beloved one-night-only concert at City Center Encores' in 2013, this spring the Roundabout Theatre Company brought Violet to Broadway for the first time. This beautifully touching tale earned Sutton her sixth Tony nomination, and whether she wins or not, we will always love her "All to Pieces."

The BWW TV archive has highlights from the show, as well as video of the cast singing "All to Pieces" on THE VIEW. You can also see all of the beautiful production shots in the BWW archive.

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Still not enough Sutton for you? Leading up to the 68th Annual Tony Awards, Sutton stopped by the Tony Photo Booth and gave an exclusive interview to BWW about her favorite Tony memories.

Now, follow @BroadwayWorld on Twitter and vote for your favorite Sutton role by tweeting your pick and the hashtag #BWWCountdownSutton. Then remember to check back on Friday, June 6th to see the results.

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