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.
Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster comes to the Civic Center on Saturday evening to present a concert with the Des Moines Symphony but she will also spend some time giving back.
Along with her concert, Foster will put on a master class at the Temple Theater Friday afternoon for students and young professionals in Des Moines metro area. Participants sent in vocal portfolio submissions to be considered and coached by Foster.
One of the most prominent themes throught “Younger” is the differences between Millenials and Gen X, which has helped to broaden the show’s audience to those of all ages. But it’s also posed interesting challenges to the cast and writers.
At TheWrap’s screening of the final two episodes of “Younger” Season 2 on Monday, creator Darren Star, writer Dottie Zicklin and stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff explained how they often have to learn from each other, because the generational divide can be so great.
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Sutton Foster is taking a break from Tootsie-ing herself on Younger to sing and dance on the return of Gilmore Girls. In the Netflix revival, the two-time Tony winner, who’s also a self-proclaimed diehard fan of the series, will play a struggling actress thrown into the small-town spotlight as she headlines a musical based on the fictional hamlet of Stars Hollow. Joining her for the show-within-a-show are two additional Broadway faves: fellow Tony winner and ex-husband Christian Borle and Kerry Butler. Foster briefly caught up with Broadway.com to gush about the Palladinos, shooting with Lorelai herself and getting professional with Borle. Read more
We knew that self-proclaimed Gilmore Girls “super fan” Sutton Foster had a part in the Netflix revival, but initially she simply said that her experience was “beyond.” (Like, of course.) “I’m a super fan from the couch suddenly invited to the set,” Foster told Vulture at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon, presented by Lifetime, on Friday. “It was definitely surreal.” As for her character, she told us that she’s just a gal trying to make the big time. “I can tell you that her best gig that she’s gotten so far in life is the lead in the Stars Hollow musical,” said Foster. “So, she’s a struggling actress.” (Is there any other kind?)