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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 and Rhiannon Giddens, two of American song’s most restlessly inquisitive artists—albeit singing in entirely different realms—will each headline concerts at Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook on April 14 and May 13, respectively. Neither should be missed.
Both artists have been applauded by Songbook audiences for many years. Foster, a beloved two-time Tony winner on Broadway, made her solo New York concert debut with American Songbook at the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in 2004, then returned in 2009 for a grand evening in The Appel Room (then called The Allen Room) high atop the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex overlooking Columbus Circle.
When you remind Sutton Foster that she’s a triple-threat talent — a star who has acted, danced and sung her way from Broadway to television to Netflix — she sounds a little taken aback.
“I don’t think of myself as a triple-threat talent,” she says. “I think of myself as someone who’s trying to figure stuff out.”
Foster will be making her Rochester debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in two Pops concerts conducted by Jeff Tyzik on Feb. 10 and 11. She’s the most recent in a line of major Broadway leading ladies (including Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth) to play in Rochester.
[…] If you’re not familiar with [Younger], it’s about a 40-year-old woman who said she is 26 (!) in order to get an assistant job at a book publishing company. Social commentary aside, it’s an on-point show that’s fun to watch because you get to see a real-life 41-year-old woman, Sutton Foster, fool the world on-screen with her youthful appearance and attitude.
[…] While her star is already pretty high, I couldn’t help but Google Foster’s beauty secrets until my eyeballs wanted to fall out. Happily, I can report that her secrets are great habits—no weird diets or sketchy beauty treatments.
NEW YORK — It’s a challenge, pinpointing exactly where Sutton Foster begins and Charity Hope Valentine ends.
“My tagline on my email is, ‘Sent from the land of puppy dogs and rainbows,’ ” Foster says with all earnestness, as she reflects on the character she plays in the current off-Broadway revival of “Sweet Charity.”
Vital differences exist, of course, between the two-time Tony-winning actress and the lovelorn, self-deluding dancer-for-hire of this 1966 musical comedy with songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon. But, as Foster confides, she didn’t have to suppress too many of her own impulses to adopt the disposition of a woman who applies a rosy finish to life’s harsh surfaces.
ON BROADWAY is where actress Sutton Foster got her first big break many years ago — and she’s still wowing them on stage, while also finding time to talk to our Mo Rocca:
“You’re gonna go out there a youngster but you’ve got to come back a star!”
It’s a showbiz myth as old as showbiz itself: the understudy who overnight becomes a star. But it actually happened to Sutton Foster.
In 2000, Foster was the 25-year-old understudy to the lead in the Broadway-bound musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” when director Michael Mayer called her.
“He said that the woman playing Millie has left the show, and the role of Millie is yours if you want it,” Foster recalled. “I was on the other line with the boyfriend at the time, and I was, like, ‘What?’ And, like, clicked off with Michael Mayer, went back to the boyfriend, ‘I have to call you back!’”