NEW YORK — It’s a challenge, pinpointing exactly where Sutton Foster begins and Charity Hope Valentine ends.
“My tagline on my email is, ‘Sent from the land of puppy dogs and rainbows,’ ” Foster says with all earnestness, as she reflects on the character she plays in the current off-Broadway revival of “Sweet Charity.”
Vital differences exist, of course, between the two-time Tony-winning actress and the lovelorn, self-deluding dancer-for-hire of this 1966 musical comedy with songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon. But, as Foster confides, she didn’t have to suppress too many of her own impulses to adopt the disposition of a woman who applies a rosy finish to life’s harsh surfaces.
ON BROADWAY is where actress Sutton Foster got her first big break many years ago — and she’s still wowing them on stage, while also finding time to talk to our Mo Rocca:
“You’re gonna go out there a youngster but you’ve got to come back a star!”
It’s a showbiz myth as old as showbiz itself: the understudy who overnight becomes a star. But it actually happened to Sutton Foster.
In 2000, Foster was the 25-year-old understudy to the lead in the Broadway-bound musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” when director Michael Mayer called her.
“He said that the woman playing Millie has left the show, and the role of Millie is yours if you want it,” Foster recalled. “I was on the other line with the boyfriend at the time, and I was, like, ‘What?’ And, like, clicked off with Michael Mayer, went back to the boyfriend, ‘I have to call you back!’”
The New Group has released production photos from its off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity, starring Tony winner Sutton Foster. The currently running musical is set to play through January 8 at the Pershing Square Signature Center following a November 20 opening. In addition, a special benefit performance will take place on January 5 at 7:30pm, with all proceeds benefiting the New Group’s musical development and education programs.
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Baby, dream your dream! Sutton Foster and the cast of Off-Broadway’s Sweet Charity caught up with the press on October 4. Performances begin on November 2. Check out Broadway.com’s hang-sesh with the big spenders!
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We sat down with Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster to talk this season of Younger, an upcoming role on the Gilmore Girls reboot, and her fun partnership with HomeGoods, interior designer Mike Harrison, and theater dresser Julien Havard, to make backstage dressing rooms feel like home.
Sutton Foster is no stranger to reinvention. In addition to her ever-changing and varied roles on the stage and screen—as everyone from Anything Goes’ iconic Reno Sweeney to TV Land’s beloved Liza Miller on Younger—she recently revamped her New York City apartment in partnership with HomeGoods. The result is a whimsical and highly personalized space that features tons of color, original artworks, and retro accents that accurately reflect Foster’s open and exuberant personality.