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.
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.
On TV Land’s “Younger,” Sutton Foster plays Liza Miller, a recently divorced mom who decides to makeover herself as a millennial at the fair age of 26 to snag a job in publishing. But in real life, the 40-year-old Tony-winning actress isn’t hiding behind anything. With Carnegie Hall under her belt and her show’s second season underway, the star calls us from New York to talk about her upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops, her “Gilmore Girls” role and whether or not she’s ready to break out her dancing shoes. Read more
Boston Pops puts a special focus on the music of Broadway with the debut of Tony-Award winning Broadway star Sutton Foster in an Evening of song and dance May 26 & 27.
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“My number one piece of advice is to not be an asshole and be kind and respect people around you. You can actually achieve your dreams without being a dick.”
That’s the pointed suggestion that Sutton Foster said she’d give to any young aspiring performers who are coming to see her at the Merriam Theatre in March. The superstar actress, who has multiple Tony Awards to her name and a plethora of screen credits, including her current hit, TV Land’s Younger, is so unbelievably likable that you can’t help but feel that you’re best friends, even after talking to her for a few minutes on the phone.
If two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster sends you a text that reads: “Do you tap dance?,” you can probably bet there’s a good reason she’s suddenly interested in your fancy footwork.
The singer/actress, currently starring on TV Land’s Younger, sent that exact message to her co-star — and on-screen boyfriend — Nico Tortorella, who responded, “Uhm, yes? I have. What do you have in mind?”
Turns out, Foster had the perfect opportunity for the actor/model, who grew up doing musical theater, but had never done it professionally. She needed a partner for a song-and-dance routine in her upcoming series of concerts, and thought he would be perfect.
An Evening with Broadway’s Sutton Foster
Thursday, Feb 18, 8pm at Strathmore (N Bethesda, MD)
Friday-Sunday, Feb 19-21, 8pm at the Meyerhoff (Baltimore, MD)
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DEFYING GRAVITY: the songs of Stephen Schwartz played at Sydney’s Theatre Royale February 12-13. The event, celebrating the composer’s incredible body of work, was headlined by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Aaron Tveit (LES MISERABLES movie, Next To Normal, Catch Me If You Can) who appeared alongside internationally renowned West End star Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon, LES MISERABLES, Cats), Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore (Blood Brothers, Legally Blonde) and David Harris(Miss Saigon, Legally Blonde) who returned to Australia for this event.
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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.
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster became a high school dropout the first time she played San Francisco, and a college dropout for her second visit. Cast at age 17 in The Will Rogers Follies, which began its national tour at the Golden Gate Theatre in 1992, she quit school in Troy – which proudly bills itself as the safest city in Michigan – and headed to the wooly West to become a showgirl. “It was the first time I was away from home, and I got to live in San Francisco,” she said. “It was, like, life-changing.”
Christchurch is to get a touch of Broadway razzle and dazzle when two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster gives a one-off concert in January.
Foster – who is perhaps better known to Kiwis as Bret McKenzie’s girlfriend Coco in hit TV series Flight of the Conchords – is one of Broadway’s biggest stars, known for her roles in musicals including Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Shrek.
She was enticed downunder by Luke di Somma, director of the Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School (CIMTSS), which Foster will also tutor at.