Is the Gilmore Girls revival going to give us the final four words to Bunheads, too?!
TVLine has learned exclusively that Sutton Foster — who headlined Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s late, great, painfully short-lived ABC Family dramedy Bunheads — will have a role in the upcoming Netflix continuation.
By Sutton Foster’s estimation, her career hit a new high March last year, when the Broadway star stepped onto the stage at New York’s hallowed Carnegie Hall for a solo concert in front of a crowd of 2800.
So she’d have been forgiven for being a bit more relaxed about her performance at a high school auditorium in Christchurch last week, in front of several hundred fans and students whom she’d been tutoring at a musical theatre summer school.
Not so, apparently. Foster, a two-time Tony Award winner with a string of Broadway credits to her name – but who is perhaps better known to Kiwis as Bret McKenzie’s girlfriend Coco in hit TV series Flight of the Conchords – claims she was just as nervous.
It’s the rare ingénue who gets to play the newbie role twice. But Sutton Foster, the star of the stealth hit sitcom “Younger,” is having her breakout moment as a spunky young heroine on the rise — some 13 years after she was plucked from chorus-line obscurity for an award-winning turn on Broadway.
To theatergoers, Ms. Foster is already a star. She is a hoofer like those of an earlier era, more Merman than “Hamilton,” a wide-eyed triple threat with two Tony Awards (and six nominations) to her name. Her performances inspire breathless admiration (the seemingly endless dance break she sailed through in “Anything Goes”!) and, occasionally, obsessive re-creation.
Still, she said, “It’s weird to know that, even being in the theater for as long as I was, more people know me from ‘Bunheads’ and ‘Younger’ than they do as a theater performer.”
Ms. Foster is, once again, a discovery — this time, at 40.
Darren Star’s “Younger” is a dreamy, confectionary fairy tale of New York in its second season on TV Land. Sutton Foster, formerly of the cultishly, critically admired “Bunheads” and before that a Tony-winning star of Broadway musicals, plays Liza, who gave up a career as a book editor to raise her daughter; now divorced at 40, she’s passed herself off as a 26-year-old in order to land a job as an assistant at a publishing house.
With wonderful contributions from Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff and Miriam Shor, the show, which airs Wednesdays, is a classic disguise comedy with a rom-com heart, like a chronological “Tootsie,” with the exception that all it takes for Liza to pass for a person 14 years her junior is some new clothes, a slight adjustment of posture and remembering to keep her cultural references in order.