It was the theater announcement heard ’round the world: Sutton Foster—who previously graced the stage in shows like Anything Goes and Violet—would be making her return to Broadway to play Marian the Librarian in The Music Man opposite Mr. Theater himself: Hugh Jackman.
PureWow had the chance to chat exclusively with Foster via her partnership with Lactaid (which she swears by as a lactose-free real milk alternative), so we had to ask: What was her reaction to hearing the news that she’d be sharing the stage with Jackman?
The Drama League honored Sutton Foster at the organization’s 36th Annual Benefit Gala this fall. The black-tie evening honoring Foster – a two-time Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Fred Astaire, and Gracie Award winner and star of TV Land’s hit television series “Younger” — took place on Monday, October 28, 2019.
I was born in a small town in Georgia—my dad worked for General Motors, and my mom was a mom. I had no idea that getting paid to be an actor was even an option—it was just something I did for fun. I started dancing when I was four, and got into musical theater when I was around 10. When I was 17 I got a role as a chorus girl with the first national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, so I spent my last year of high school traveling around the country. I was too young—kind of naive, virginal, innocent.
It was a top five career experience,” Sutton Foster tells Playbill unequivocally.
The star who earned her big break as Thoroughly Modern Millie isn’t talking about that Tony-winning Broadway performance or her second win as Reno Sweeney in the 2011 revival of Anything Goes, or any of the incredible roles she’s originated on Broadway—from Jo in Little Women to Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone. (Though, to be fair, she didn’t say those weren’t in her top five.) But in this instance, Foster refers to her stint as The Baker’s Wife in this past summer’s Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl. “The really, really special ones last three shows,” she says with a laugh.
Sutton Foster was ready for whatever the day could throw at her.
Rehearsals for this weekend’s Hollywood Bowl performances of “Into the Woods” had propelled her life into hyper-speed, and the morning had already been busy by breakfast time, when the Broadway leading lady and star of the TV Land comedy “Younger” slipped into a restaurant booth.
Her writer-director husband, Ted Griffin, was out of the house early for a day of post-production on a TV pilot. Their 2-year-old daughter, Emily, had been readied to go to a library story hour with the nanny. And on the way from the family’s Los Angeles home (Manhattan’s their base), Foster had dropped the household’s two canines at doggy daycare.
“It’s just a circus,” she said, laughing. “A lot of moving pieces, but it’s a very full, wonderful house.”
Two-time Tony-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster extends her Café Carlyle run, June 25-29. She’ll also be performing June 11-22. At Café Carlyle, she’ll perform Broadway favorites and original recordings, focusing on selections from her new album, Take Me to the World, and stories of how being a mother of a two-year-old has informed her work and changed her life.
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