BWW Flashback: Tony Winner Sutton Foster's Iconic Broadway Performances That Led to Marian The Librarian
She'll be returning to Broadway after a six year hiatus, performing only in one night concerts and a short Off-Broadway run of Sweet Charity during those years.
She'll soon be playing Marian the Librarian, but look back at the roles that led her to become a new icon for this era of Broadway.
Millie Dillmount In Thoroughly Modern Millie:
While Foster made her Broadway debut in 1996 as a replacement Sandy in Grease and she went on to grace the ensembles of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, and Les Misérables, it wasn't until Throughly Modern Millie that she had her big break and solidified her leading lady of Broadway status. She replaced Erin Dilly during the show's La Jolla tryout and opened the show on Broadway in 2002, leading to her first Tony Award.
Jo March in Little Women:
Foster's first return to Broadway after her Tony win was in the musical adaptation of the classic novel Little Women. She led the show as Jo March and went on to garner another Tony nomination. The production closed on May 22, 2005, only four months after it opened.
Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone:
The Drowsy Chaperone opened in April of 2006, with Foster being back on Broadway within a year of her previous run. The show was a critically acclaimed hit and Foster was nominated yet again for a Tony. She left the show in April of 2007.
Inga in Young Frankenstein:
Foster was back on Broadway in October of 2007, returning in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Unlike Brooks' The Producers, the show was not a hit critically or financially. Foster completed her run in the show in July of 2008, before the show ultimately shuttered in January of 2009.
Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical:
In December of 2008, Foster was starring as Princess Fiona in the musical adaptation of Shrek. She went on to receive her fourth Tony nomination for her performance and stayed with the show through it's closing on January 3, 2010. The show was filmed and released in 2013.
Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes:
For the first time since her role as Star to Be in Annie, Foster was in a Broadway revival, this time starring as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. The production opened on March 10, 2011 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and went on to win three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and for Foster's performance, winning her second Tony.
Violet in Violet:
Foster last appeared on Broadway in the Tony nominated revival of Violet, where she earned her sixth nomination. The limited run opened in April at the American Airlines Theatre.
Keep an eye out for tickets to Sutton Foster's big return to Broadway next year in The Music Man.