The Washington Post | Sutton Foster, dancing on the edge

Photo by Monique CarboniNEW 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.
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