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Sutton Foster

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Sutton Foster is a two-time Tony winning actress, singer and dancer most recently seen Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of The Music Man, opposite Hugh Jackman in the fall of 2020. She previously starred in the title role of the New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity, for which she earned Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the show ran at the Pershing Square Signature Center in November 2016. Sutton previously starred in the title role of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival Violet, earning Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations. Sutton first performed the role of Violet in the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center in July 2013. Sutton also appeared on stage as Queenie in New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s production of The Wild Party in July 2015.



Perhaps best-known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Anything Goes, Foster earned a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, the Fred and Adele Astaire, and Broadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards for her performance as a former Evangelist, now nightclub singer, aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.

Under the direction of Michael Mayer, Sutton starred as Millie Dillmount, a young, modern woman from Kansas who travels to New York City intending to marry for money, in the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Originating the role, Sutton established herself as one of the greatest talents in the industry and earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.

In addition to her Tony-winning performances, Foster originated numerous notable roles, including Princess Fiona in Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Shrek The Musical. Starring opposite Brian d'Arcy James, she won her second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony, Drama League, and Drama Desk Awards. Foster also originated the role of Inga, the yodeling lab assistant to Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s parody of the horror film genre, Young Frankenstein.

Her performance as Janet Van De Graaff in Casey Nicholaw’s The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006 earned her Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Ovation Award nominations. Previously, Sutton took on the role of Jo, the brassy tomboy and aspiring writer, in the 2005 Broadway production of Little Women, directed by Susan H. Schulman. For this role, she earned Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Her other theater credits include: Les Miserables, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, and Grease. Foster made her Off-Broadway debut as Prudence in Paul Weitz's comedy Trust at Second Stage Theatre, also starring Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, and Ari Graynor.

As a solo artist, Sutton has toured the country with her hit solo concert featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and many others. Sutton released her third solo album, ‘Take Me to the World’, through Ghostlight Deluxe in 2018. Sutton recently concluded a sold out run at New York City’s famous Café Carlyle in the summer of 2019, and will appear as the ‘Baker’s Wife’ in the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of Into the Woods, set to run from July 26-28, 2019.

Foster currently stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land series, “Younger.” Created by "Sex and the City's" Darren Star and styled by the iconic Patricia Field, the series centers around a 40-year-old suburban single mother, Liza, who re-invents herself as a 26-year-old in order to get a job at a publishing company. Also starring Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar, the series returned for its sixth season in 2019.

Previously, Foster starred as Michelle Simms in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series, “Bunheads”, about a former ballerina turned Las Vegas showgirl who gets married and winds up teaching at her new mother-in-law’s ballet school in a sleepy costal town. Sutton earned a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance. Sutton recently reunited with Sherman-Palladino in a guest starring role on the highly-anticipated Netflix revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”, which was released on November 25, 2016.

Foster was first seen on television on “Star Search” at the young age 15, and has more recently appeared in HBO’s comedy series “Flight of the Conchords,” USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SUV” and “Elementary.” She has also made guest appearances on the well-known children series Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites,” and PBS’s “Sesame Street.”

In 2014, Sutton made her feature film debut in Phil Alden Robinson’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, alongside an all-star cast including Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. Sutton also appeared as Kerry in James Roday’s comedy-horror film Gravy.

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Sutton Foster STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2024
Princess Winnifred

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival Production, 2024
Princess Winifred

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2023
Mrs. Lovett [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Marian Paroo

[West End]
2021
Reno Sweeney

[Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Revival, 2019
Baker's Wife

[Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company One-Night-Only Benefit, 2018
Edith Herbert

[Off-Broadway]
The New Group Off-Broadway Revival, 2016
Charity Hope Valentine

[Off-Broadway]
City Center Encores Off-Center Production, 2015
Queenie

[Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2014
Violet

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2011
Reno Sweeney

[Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2010
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Princess Fiona

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Inga

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Janet Van De Graaff

[Los Angeles]
US Premiere, 2005
Janet Van De Graaf

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Jo

[New York]
New York Concert, 2004
Peppermint Patty

[Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2003
Svetlana

[Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Millie Dillmount

[San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2000
Millie Dillmount

[Chester, CT (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2000
Ensemble

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Ensemble

Ensemble

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1997
Ronnie Boylan

Ensemble

Dog Catcher

Cecille

A Star to Be

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Sandy Dumbrowski [Replacement]

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1992
Ensemble

[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1988
Eponine (Understudy) [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Female Ensemble [Replacement]

Eponine (Understudy) [Replacement]

[New York]
Workshop, 2006
Inga

Sutton Foster Productions

 
[New York, 2004]
Producer

Sutton Foster Movies

Shrek the Musical
[ 2013 ] Fiona
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
[ 2014 ] Adela Tommy's Girlfriend
Gravy
[ 2015 ] Kerry
Anything Goes
[ 2021 ] Reno Sweeney

Sutton Foster TV Shows

Bunheads
Michelle Simms
Doc McStuffins
Frida
Ridley Jones
Mama Jones, Mrs. Sanchez
Younger
Liza Miller

Sutton Foster Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards

Sutton Foster, The Music Man

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, The Music Man

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity

Drama League Awards - 2017 - Distinguished Performance Award

Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity

The Lortels - 2017 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Sweet Charity

Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Violet

Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award

Sutton Foster, Violet

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Violet

Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Violet


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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Anything Goes


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Anything Goes


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Anything Goes


winner
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Anything Goes


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical

Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical

Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, The Drowsy Chaperone

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster , Little Women the Musical

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Little Women


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Thoroughly Modern Millie


winner
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sutton Foster, Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Review: Sutton Foster Showcases Her Soprano in Concert with Boston Pops

Sutton Foster just may have made history during her recent concerts with the Boston Pops – as the first artist to break out the crochet needles and yarn to add a few rows to an in-progress blanket mid-performance at Symphony Hall.
Review: Haley Johnson's A DECADE IN SONG at Don't Tell Mama

What did our critic think of A DECADE IN SONG at Don't Tell Mama?
Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards

Winners for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced last night at NYU Skirball Center. Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit hosted the ceremony. Check out photos from the red carpet here!
Photos: Backstage with the Drama Desk Awards Winners

Check out photos from backstage with the winners of the 2024 Drama Desk Awards!
Skylar Astin to Host American Express Tony Awards Simulcast

The Tony Awards has announced that actor and singer Skylar Astin will host the American Express “Broadway Fanfare” simulcast event on Sunday, June 16, in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The event will kick off at 6:30pm EST with a pre-show set beginning at 7:30pm; the simulcast will begin at 8pm.
Shoshana Bean, Corbin Bleu & More Join 2024 Drama Desk Awards as Presenters

Additional presenters have been revealed for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards, taking place on Monday, June 10 beginning at 6:15PM at NYU Skirball Center. Learn more about the awards.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld June 7, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is June 7, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Montego Glover, and More Will Present at the 2024 Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards are under a week away, and the presenters for the big night have now been revealed! Learn more about who is presenting here!
2024 Sutton Foster Award Winners Announced

Gretchen Shope from H.H. Dow High School in Midland and Braeden Davis from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo were named Outstanding Performers in a Leading Role at the 12th annual Sutton Foster Awards Showcase held at Wharton Center on Saturday, June 1.
Sutton Foster's Performance at Washington Pavilion Tonight Has Been Cancelled

Sutton Foster's performance scheduled for tonight, Saturday, June 1, at the Washington Pavilion has been canceled. ​​​​​​
Review: NOISES OFF at Bucks County Playhouse

NOISES OFF at BCP is directed by Hunter Foster, stars Marilu Henner, and is a guaranteed winner for a late spring weekend.
Limited Tickets Released For The 2024 Drama Desk Awards; Artwork Unveiled

A very limited number of balcony tickets for the 2024 Drama Desk Awards have been made available to the general public
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 30, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 30, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Michael Urie Joins Sutton Foster in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS on Broadway

 Drama Desk Award winner and SAG Award nominee Michael Urie will star alongside Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in Once Upon A Mattress on Broadway this summer! Tickets are on sale now!
Industry Pro Newsletter: Pay What You Can Ticketing, Broadway Season Grosses

As we hit the final stretch ahead of the Tony Awards, this week we’re including the first in a series of guest essays from the producers of the Best Production nominees, with this installment from Tommy producers Stephen Gabriel and Ira Pittelman.
Review: Alice Ripley with John McDaniel at Blue Strawberry Showroom and Lounge

McDaniel’s vision for their collaboration, his music direction, and accompaniment brought an award-winning musical theatre actor back to the stage after a lengthy hiatus. Their show played directly into the strengths of Ripley’s vocal stylings with her massive voice. Ripley belted for two hours while these two artists graciously gave more of themselves than most artists do with a 90-minute cabaret set.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 24, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 24, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit Will Host the 2024 Drama Desk Awards

Stage and screen stars Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit will host 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards on Monday, June 10 beginning at 6:15PM at NYU Skirball Center. Find out how to get tickets to the Drama Desk Awards here!
Ariana DeBose, Alan Cumming, Darren Criss, Shoshana Bean, & Aaron Lazar Headline BROADWAY AND VINE Concerts

Broadway and Vine kicks off its 2024 season on July 9 and 10 at 7:30PM, with Academy Award-winner Ariana DeBose at Carneros Resort Vineyard Lawn.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 23, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 23, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Sutton Foster FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Sutton Foster been in?

Sutton Foster has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

How many West End shows has Sutton Foster been in?

Sutton Foster has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Sutton Foster's first West End show?

Sutton Foster's first West End show was Anything Goes which opened in 2021

What awards has Sutton Foster been nominated for?

Sutton Foster has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout her career. These include Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for "The Music Man," "Sweet Charity," "Violet," and "Shrek the Musical." She has also been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "The Music Man," "Violet," "Anything Goes," "Shrek The Musical," "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Little Women," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Additionally, she received nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for "Sweet Charity," "Violet," "Anything Goes," "Shrek the Musical," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Foster also earned nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (The Lortels) for "Sweet Charity" and Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Violet," "Anything Goes," "Shrek the Musical," "Little Women the Musical," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

What awards has Sutton Foster won?

Sutton Foster has won several awards for her performances on Broadway, including Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her roles in "Anything Goes," "Shrek the Musical," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She has also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Tony Award for both "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

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