Hey, big spenders, you’ll be able to spend a little more time with two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster off-Broadway! The New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity has extended by two weeks and will now play through December 23. The limited engagement is scheduled to begin on November 2 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is set for November 20.
Who will she choose? Liza Miller’s problems will continue to pile up on the upcoming season of Younger. Besides having to keep her real age a secret, the 26-year-old assistant (err, the 40-year-old single mother) will be stuck in a love triangle between her on-again tattoo artist beau Josh (Nico Tortorella) and her hunky older boss Charles Brooks (Peter Hermann). Leading lady Sutton Foster teased what her character should do next, exclusively with Us Weekly.
Sutton Foster might be best known for her work on Broadway — but these days, she’s an uptown girl!
After tying the knot in 2014, the actress and screenwriter husband Ted Griffin, 45, bought their two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Manhattan’s homey Upper West Side neighborhood. Between the breathtaking views of the Hudson river, abundant natural light and a practical floor plan, the the bones were there: They just needed a hand to make it a home.
TV Land has renewed “Younger” for season 4, Variety has learned.
The comedy, from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, has been picked up for a 12-episode fourth season, it was announced Tuesday by Keith Cox, executive vice president of development and original programming for the network. Season 3 will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 10 p.m., followed by the season 2 premiere of “Impastor,” which was originally scheduled for a summer debut.
“The show is a force in and of itself, so it’s a no-brainer to renew it again,” said Cox. “Critics and fans love it, and I know Darren and the entire cast and crew behind ‘Younger’ will continue to deliver at the top of their game.”
The lineup of performers has been announced for PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, which will be broadcast July 4 beginning at 8 PM ET; check local listings. Tom Bergeron hosts.
Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the musical extravaganza will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum-selling recording star and Grammy Award winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley, who is set to star in Dreamgirls on London’s West End; classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster; and the cast of the Broadway musical On Your Feet!
Sutton Foster’s fans probably won’t be surprised to hear that one of her favorite songs in her live show is John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” While it’s not exactly the kind of Broadway number she’s known for, the tune’s upbeat sentiments make it a perfect fit for her personality.
“I’m not 100 percent puppy dogs and rainbows, but, in general, I try to maintain that kind of outlook,” she said by phone from New York. “Concert work is awesome, not to be hiding behind any character or costume and just saying, ‘Hey, this is who I am.’ I heard a lot of John Denver from my parents growing up, and something about his voice just evokes nature and I’m very drawn to that. We lost my mother a couple of years ago, and she really loved it, too, so it’s such a gift that I get to sing it for her every night. So that’s the kind of song that captures me in the clearest light.”
Before she takes on the role of taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine, however, Foster will make her Boston Pops debut May 26 and 27 at Boston’s Symphony Hall in “A Broadway Evening with Sutton Foster.” The performer discussed those concerts, her unbridled passion for the “Gilmore Girls” and more by telephone last week from Los Angeles.
Q: What can audiences expect from your upcoming shows with the Pops?
A: The concerts will be a throwback to the roles and songs I’ve done on Broadway, plus songs I’ve recorded and also some new music. I’ll be doing some song and dance, too. I started doing concerts in 2004 when I began collaborating with Michael Rafter, who is now my music director, on another way to show audiences what I can do when I don’t have on sequins or wigs and when I’m without a character to hide behind. Michael and I have done two albums together and we’re working on a third, so we’ll probably do some cuts from that one in Boston. Read more
During an interview with the Globe, Foster, 41, talked about adjusting from the theater to television, her unusual choice for an audition number when she was trying to get hired early in her career, and what she now looks for in a role, whether onstage or onscreen.
Q. What sides of yourself do you try to showcase in concert appearances that might not be as visible onstage or on TV? Your storytelling side? Your humor?
A. One of the things I love about doing concerts and symphony shows is that it allows me to show audiences who I am as a performer as opposed to behind a character or in the confines of a show. It’s great to be able to stand in front of an audience as I am. It’s like “Hi!” I don’t have a blond wig and I’m not tap dancing.
Sutton Foster, who has spent the past five years in leading roles on Broadway (“Violet”) and TV (“Younger”), is heading Off Broadway to star in a revival of “Sweet Charity” for the New Group this fall.
The 1966 musical — with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon — is among four productions planned for the New Group’s 2016-17 season, the company announced Wednesday.