Sutton Foster opens new Broadway Playhouse – Sept 23-26

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Inaugurating the New Broadway Playhouse

Water Tower Place

An Evening with Sutton Foster

September 23-26

(Four Shows Only)

Finally, Chicago audiences will get a chance to see this amazing Broadway star – and in an intimate concert setting to boot – the new Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.  Sutton Foster, a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress will perform an exclusive, four-night engagement to inaugurate this refurbished space.

Sutton Foster - big smile Although Sutton has been working on Broadway and national tours since she was 17, she became a Broadway legend when she became an “understudy to the rescue” and took on the lead role of “Millie” in Thoroughly Modern Millie, eventually winning the 2002 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.  Since then, she has created four original roles in four new Broadway musicals Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein and Shrek The Musical;  a record unsurpassed by any musical theatre actress of her generation. 

Broadway In Chicago and Water Tower Place recently announced the addition of a new venue, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place , 175 E. Chestnut Street to its family of theatres.  Broadway In Chicago entered into a long-term agreement with General Growth Properties (owner and manager of Water Tower Place ) that will allow the theatre, formerly known as the Drury Lane at Water Tower Place , to re-open as the Broadway Playhouse.  In addition to the inaugural performance of An Evening With Sutton Foster, Traces will perform at the Broadway Playhouse October 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011 and a newly adapted version of the musical Working is slated to open on February 15, 2011.

The performance schedule for AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER is as follows:

Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tickets available at Broadway in Chicago box offices or online at Ticketmaster.

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SUTTON FOSTER recently starred on Broadway as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, for which she was honored with Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.  Prior to that Sutton starred as Inga in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, LA Ovation Award) and Jo March in Little Women: The Musical (2005 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations).  She is the recipient of the 2002 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards for her performance as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, a role she created in the 2000 La Jolla Playhouse premiere.  Other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease!.  Recordings include The Maury Yeston Songbook (PS Classics), Jule Styne in Hollywood and the original cast recordings of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein and Shrek The Musical. In April 2010 she starred in the highly-anticipated City Center Encores! Production of Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle.  Her debut solo CD, Wish (Ghostlight Records), was recently released to critical acclaim and is now available in stores.  For more information, visit her website at www.suttonfoster.com

MICHAEL RAFTER recently returned from Melbourne , Australia where he supervised the music for the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys.  Sutton Foster and Michael collaborated on her first solo CD, Wish, that was release in February and performed it live at the Lincoln Center American Songbook series.  The New York Times wrote: “Michael Rafter’s subtle, glowing arrangements for ten musicians…created a softened 1920s sound, at once lifting and refined.” Michael conducted Gypsy on Broadway, as well as the TV movie starring Bette Midler, and won an Emmy award for his music direction of the movie.  He has supervised the Broadway and/or national touring companies of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, The Buddy Holly Story and the current hit Jersey Boys.  On Broadway, Michael has served as music director/conductor ofThoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, The King & I and Gypsy.  As a guest conductor, Michael conducted the Memphis Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic for an evening of Jule Styne’s music.

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