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New York City Center | Talking OFF-CENTER with Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff

Photo by Matt KarasIt’s a tale as old as time: Broadway actor breaks out, abandons the theater for Hollywood, then slinks back 30 years later for a limited-run Sondheim revue. But Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff are bucking that trend. The onetime Millie and Melchior have both managed to carve out fascinatingly eclectic screen careers while regularly returning to the stage. In the past year alone, Foster bagged a Tony nomination for Violet and starred in the TV Land sitcom “Younger,” while Groff did a Clint Eastwood movie, shot the final season of HBO’s “Looking,” and joined the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genre-busting juggernaut Hamilton.
This summer, they’re coming to City Center in musicals that find them playing radically against type. Groff is playing a cynical Jewish songwriter in William Finn’s A New Brain (June 24-27) and Foster will play a Jazz Age hoofer trapped in a cycle of abuse in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (July 15-18). We chatted with the two stars about car crashes, stage-door fans, and taking risks at Encores! Off-Center.
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Vulture | The Women of Younger on Growing Older, Intergenerational Relationships, and Female Solidarity

Photo: Liz Clayman for Vulture“I was at a bit of a crossroads with my career,” says Sutton Foster, a Broadway stalwart and star of Darren Star’s charming TV Land show Younger. The 40-year-old actress plays Liza, a 40-year-old mom who rejoins the workforce by pretending to be 26 — a dissonance she identifies with. “I was going in for age-appropriate roles, but was reading young. But then I couldn’t play the younger characters because I was too old. I was having trouble in casting, and then this came across my plate and I thought, Ooh, I can do this! I know how to do this!
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Observer | Sutton Foster on Looking ‘Younger’

Photo © Chris Jones / Observer“I didn’t really think about my age.”
Sutton Foster told me that recently, her voice, much like the rest of her, embodied with a Pan-like venality that leaves little room for doubt. But the gamine 40-year-old, the Tony-winning Broadway baby of Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie  may have reached the end of her blissful age-blindness.
As the star of TV Land’s new original series Younger—created by Sex and the City’s Darren Star and based on the novel of the same name by new Observer columnist Pamela Redmond—Ms. Sutton finds herself lying, adroitly and completely, down to the @gmail address, about her age. She plays Liza Miller, the mother of a college-age daughter who lands a dream job and a hot piece of boy toy on the Faustian bargain of having to present, at the exact same age as Ms. Foster herself, as 26.
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