Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, Debi Mazar and Nico Tortorella dish on the show and working together.
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Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster hung out with us at the BuzzFeed offices after screening her new series Younger with co-star Hilary Duff. The Broadway favorite took a trip down memory lane as we revisited the roles that lead up to her star turn on the new series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.
Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster just turned 40, but in the TV Land show Younger she gets to be 26 again. Foster plays Liza, a middle-aged woman who needs to get back into the job market. The last time Liza applied for jobs, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram didn’t exist. Now, she’s convinced that no one wants to hire someone her age. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets a few highlights, learns how to tweet, and applies for a job as an assistant to a fancy New York publisher.
It’s fun, Sutton tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. “It’s great to be able to go back to my ’20s,’ but still retain everything that I’ve learned now that I’m older,” she says.
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The Tony-winning Broadway star has her Carrie Bradshaw moment in TV Land’s new series, which asks: If you could relive your 20s, would you? (Her answer: Hell, no.)
Last week, Sutton Foster turned 40. She was really happy about that.
She knows she was happy about that because—in ways that most women, and especially actresses, don’t have to—she was forced to contemplate her feelings about hitting the milestone in a very public forum.
Therapy by way of entertainment journalists.
The inadvertent psychoanalyzing is a byproduct of the two-time Tony-winning Broadway actress’s latest role, as the lead in TV Land’s new comedy Younger, from Sex and the City creator Darren Starr. Foster plays Liza, a recently divorced 40-year-old who is unable to find a job in the publishing world, where she is dismissed as irrelevant because of her age and 15 years as a stay-at-home mom.
Television is finally putting age before Gucci. “Sex and the City” mastermind Darren Star is back with another show about four feisty and fashionably dressed females trying to make it in New York. But “Younger,” which premieres Tuesday on TV Land, isn’t just another chapter in “The Carrie Diaries” — it’s a glossy look at the generation gap between career women.
Sutton Foster stars as Liza, a 40-year-old whose ex-husband has left her penniless. Worse, she can’t get back into the workforce because companies want fresh-faced college grads, and not washed-up moms. So Liza fakes it — changing her look, moving to Brooklyn, and updating her email from AOL to Gmail. Posing as a 26-year-old, she gets the job.
It’s not “Sex and the City” — but it does make a timely statement about modern women.
“Why is it the older and more experienced you are, the less desirable you become?” asks Liza, a 40-year-old former book editor with a failed marriage behind her and a struggle ahead to rejoin the workforce after a decade-plus as a stay-at-home mom.
What Liza does next beats a youth-obsessed culture at its own game. After too many job interviews that go nowhere, she pretends that she’s 26 and gets hired immediately as an entry-level publishing assistant.
That’s the premise of “Younger,” the sitcom from the creator of “Sex and the City” that premieres Tuesday with two back-to-back episodes. Like Star’s iconic HBO series, this one is female-centric and ready to raise eyebrows.
A joke in the first episode involving the generational divide over bikini waxing establishes that this is no longer your grandmother’s TV Land of “Golden Girls” reruns.
For Sutton Foster, the Broadway star who grew up in metro Detroit, the role of Liza in “Younger” could be the breakout TV moment that she deserves.
Sutton Foster, the leading lady of TV Land’s new comedy Younger, celebrated her 40th birthday last month — and yes, “celebrate” is the right word to use.
There were no feelings of dread or panic attached to reaching her milestone midlife birthday.
“I’m looking at 40 in the face and I can honestly say I see nothing scary about it,” Foster says. “Compared to when I was younger, I feel like I’m a much more interesting person now.
Darren Star’s new TV Land series Younger made its own star, Sutton Foster, feel like she was “cheating” on Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Foster’s previous TV series was Sherman-Palladino’s beloved but tragically axed Bunheads. Ever since, she and the Gilmore Girls creator had been attempting to find a way to reunite. “I loved Bunheads and our relationship so much. It felt so strange doing something else without her,” Foster tells EW.
“I am so thrilled to work with an actress who truly defines the meaning of triple threat – not only is Sutton an incredible singer; she’s also an incredible actress, and one heck of a dancer. She is so exciting to watch and listen to, and I know that she and the great New York Pops will blow us all away.” -Steven Reineke, music director of The New York Pops
March 13th, 2015, Sutton made her Carnegie Hall Debut with The New York Pops with a sold-out One Night Only Concert, joined by her former co-stars and good friends Megan McGinnis and Joshua Henry.
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Sutton Foster Makes Carnegie Hall Solo Debut with NY Pops
Sutton Foster Wows with NY Pops
Times Square Chronicles
Stephen Sorokoff – My View: A Concert That Will Be Remembered
One Night Only: Sutton Foster
The Broadway Blog
Review: Sutton Foster at Carnegie Hall
It’s difficult to imagine that Sutton Foster regularly gets a full night’s sleep. The two-time Tony Award winner not only wrapped the filming of an entirely new television series, Younger, which debuts this month on TV Land, but she’s currently accepting applications for her “Cute pet contest” in which she’ll choose her favorite pet, draw it for the winner, and sell prints at a gallery where the proceeds will benefit the New York Humane Society. If that weren’t enough, she sits on the faculty of Ball State University in Indiana and this Friday March 13th , she’ll make her solo Carnegie Hall debut with the NY Pops.
Here, she’ll reprise some of her showstopping numbers from her award-winning performance in Anything Goes as well as songs from last season’s Violet. We caught up with her to discuss dogs, dancing, and her solo debut.
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will be headlining her first solo show at Carnegie Hall on March 13. The show, titled One Night Only: Sutton Foster, will feature the New York Pops under the conduction of Steven Reineke and will see Ms. Foster reunite onstage with her Violet co-star Joshua Henry, as well as Megan McGinnis. A celebration of her career so far, the show comes at just the right moment as Ms. Foster is about to debut a new television show called Younger, in which she plays Liza, a single mother forced to pretend she’s 25 in order to find a job. The show, created by Darren Starr, sees the actress at her very best, as she turns in a playful, sexy performance combined with the adorability that has made us theatre fans fall head over heels for her.
Ms. Foster took a moment out of her schedule to talk to us about Younger, her exciting Carnegie Hall show, turning 40 and what’s in store for her next. Needless to say so, she was an absolute delight to speak with.