Legendary Performers Series – Sutton Foster

“I try and I do find a ton of joy and happiness in my life and I think that helps me stay youthful”

Sutton Foster

The Early Life

Sutton Lenore Foster was born on March 18, 1975 in a big city in Georgia, however, she then moved and spent the rest of her time growing up in Troy, Michigan. Being the energetic child she was, she began to take dance lessons by the age of six. When she was twelve she was already starring in the lead role in the community production of Annie. By the age of fifteen she was already competing in a reality T.V. show called Star Search. Then she ended up leaving high school in order to tour with a musical called The Will Roger Follies. After this she attended Carnegie Mellon University for a little but ended up leaving because she wanted to pursue a full time career in theater.


Upon leaving school, Foster went on to tour for a production of Grease. After a while she ended up transferring to the Broadway production of this show. During this time Foster performed in the ensemble cast for shows such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, What the World Needs Now, and Les Miserables

Foster’s big break came when she was the understudy for the role of Millie in the show Thoroughly Modern Millie. The original lead, Erin Dilly, ended up leaving the show after having disagreements with the creative team. This gave Foster the opportunity of a lifetime. In 2002 the show finally opened. While the show was approached with mixed reviews, Foster was shown praise for her performance. This praise even led to her winning a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

After this success Foster went on to star in many other Broadway shows such as

Foster even branched out into film and television where she was able to show the range of her performing skills. Sutton even branches out to different art mediums as she is a visual artist who sells her work.

People like Sutton Foster show how you are able to leave your own mark on the world with the arts. At INSPIRE, we admire individuals like Foster because of the way they inspire people to grow into their best selves through the arts.

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