Learn your Defying Gravity concert stars well! Sutton Foster

Defying Gravity, a world premiere concert celebrating the work of acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, will premiere at Sydney’s Theatre Royal for three performances only – on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016.

Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster

If you’re a fan of international musical theatre, you won’t want to miss this exciting musical event! It has a stellar line up of performers – headlined by none other than Tony Award-winning Sutton Foster and Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit, and features renowned West End star Joanna Ampil, Broadway and film icon Betty Buckley, and two of Australia’s own talents Helen Dallimore and David Harris.

At the concert you’ll hear Stephen Schwartz classics such as Day by Day, Colors of the Wind, When You BelievePopular, Corner of the Sky, Beautiful City, Meadowlark and, of course, Defying Gravity.
In the lead up to the concert, we want to make sure you know everything you need to know about these talented stars, and about Stephen Schwartz, the man behind the magic, so we have created a handy series of beginners’ guides to all these big names! Next in the series is Tony-Award winning, triple threat Sutton Foster. Put your learning caps on, and make sure to book your tickets now – they’re  selling fast!

Sutton Foster 101

Who she is:

Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer. She is not only a Tony-Award winning Broadway star but also has had a successful career on screen, both TV and film. Foster originated roles, all of which she received Tony Award nominations, in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. She has won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Her television debut was at the age of 15 on Star Search. Most recently she has starred in Bunheads, written by Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and is currently starring in Younger, written by creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star. She has also appeared in Psych, Johnny and the Sprites, Fight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order SVU and Royal Pains.


Shows he’s worked on:

The Will Rogers Follies (US National Tour), Grease (US National Tour, Broadway), Annie (Broadway), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Broadway), What The World Needs Now (Broadway), Les Miserables (US National Tour, Broadway), Dorian (US National Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway), The Three Musketeers (US), South Pacific (US), Funny Girl (New York), Chess (New York), Me and My Girl (US), Little Women (Broadway), The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway), Young Frankenstein (Broadway), Shrek the Musical (Broadway), Anyone Can Whistle (New York), They’re Playing Our Song (New York), Trust (Off-Broadway), Anything Goes (Broadway), Violet (Broadway), The Wild Party (New York).


In 2002, Foster won a Tony Award, A Drama Desk Award, An Outer Critic Circle Award, an Astair Award and a Broadway.com Choice Award for her performance as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Foster won her second Tony Award for her role as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes in 2012. She has also been nominated for her other performances in leading roles in Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Violet, Shrek the Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Foster was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award and won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role for Bunheads in 2013. She was also nominated for an OFTA TV Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Younger.

Fun Fact:

Sutton Foster is not only a triple threat, but a quadruple threat; she is also an artist! She has made many paintings, and artworks through different mediums, all of which are available on her website.

Essential viewing:

This performance proves, beyond a doubt, that Foster is the definition of a triple threat. No wonder she won the Tony!


A gorgeous collation of Sutton Foster performing with the NY Pops, featuring roles she has played, and roles we one day hope she will.


Foster recently performing with the New York Philharmonic.


And one more bonus video because there’s no such thing as too much Sutton Foster! Throwback to rehearsals for her Tony Award winning role as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.


Bec Caton

Bec has a diploma in musical theatre and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English. She is a freelance theatre writer in Sydney.

Bec Caton

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