For the cast and crew of Ball State’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” getting hands-on direction from Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster — who originated the role of Fiona on Broadway — has been like a fairytale come true. “Sutton has so much experience, and working with her has been a great opportunity to learn how industry professionals work,” said Zack Keller, a freshman musical theater major cast as the Mad Hatter. “She’s a great role model because she knows how to combine her talent, intelligence and hard work to be successful.” The staging of “Shrek the Musical” is one of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s most ambitious projects, said Bill Jenkins, who is co-directing the musical with Foster, a friend of the university for more than a decade. “We’ve never put on a show quite as demanding as this,” said Jenkins, chairperson of the department. “In terms of design elements alone, it’s our biggest, most involved production.”
On the hit show Younger, Sutton Foster plays a 40-something mom pretending to be a 20-something Brooklynite as she pursues a career in publishing and hangs out with Hilary Duff. But in real life, the famed Broadway star isn’t holding anything back — she’s about to turn 42 and feels as young as ever, she’ll happily tell you. During New York Fashion Week, the Cut caught up with Foster — whose latest role is as ambassador for Amopé’s GelActiv shoe insoles and inserts — to chat about journaling, moisturizing, and why she truly believes that age is just a number. Read more
What started out as watching her mom’s love for David Letterman turned into the opportunity to teach a master class once a year in New York City. Now, the Department of Theatre and Dance has a 12-year relationship with actress Sutton Foster.
Most recently, the Tony-award winner was in Muncie from Feb. 19 to 23 to work with students on the production of “Shrek the Musical,” which she starred in as Fiona on Broadway.
“My mom really loved David Letterman and he went here, so I knew about Ball State from her,” Foster said. “And when I was looking for colleges Ball State was sort of on my radar, and when I dropped out of college, I was thinking about going back to school and Ball State again kind of came up as a possibility.”
Foster didn’t end up going back to school and began working professionally at 19. But that wasn’t the end of her relationship with the university — it was actually the beginning.
Sutton Foster might be best known for her work on Broadway — but these days, she’s an uptown girl!
After tying the knot in 2014, the actress and screenwriter husband Ted Griffin, 45, bought their two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Manhattan’s homey Upper West Side neighborhood. Between the breathtaking views of the Hudson river, abundant natural light and a practical floor plan, the the bones were there: They just needed a hand to make it a home.
The lineup of performers has been announced for PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, which will be broadcast July 4 beginning at 8 PM ET; check local listings. Tom Bergeron hosts.
Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the musical extravaganza will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum-selling recording star and Grammy Award winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley, who is set to star in Dreamgirls on London’s West End; classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster; and the cast of the Broadway musical On Your Feet!
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?)
We saw some seriously gorgeous outfits on the red carpet of Variety’s Power Of Women NY Luncheon on April 8. So many powerful and inspiring women were there and they looked fabulous. From Sutton Foster, 41, to Lupita Nyong’o, 33, the ladies were dressed to impress.
(…) We were so happy to see Sutton at the event, we love her! She looked so pretty in her red dress and we cannot believe how toned her body is! She opted for a skin-tight, sleeveless red Gauri & Nainika midi dress with a ruffled bodice. Sutton topped her look off with simple black ankle-strap sandals.
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
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.