Sutton Foster is a seasoned Broadway actress with numerous Tony awards and nominations under her belt. While Foster has made a name for herself in the theatre community, she has also recently branched into television with the role of Michelle in ABC’s Bunheads.
Foster has performed on the Broadway stage as well as the stages of different concert venues. She performs with intensity, motion, and a unique quirkiness. Most of all, she performs with personality.
Foster has taken on a wide variety of roles, the most recent being Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. She has played a Swedish lab assistant, a drowsy chaperone, and a dance teacher; to name a few. She shines in all her performances due to her unique quirky way of performing. Regardless, Foster has some musical moments that rise above the rest.
10) Roll In Ze Hay – On David Letterman
Foster is one of the few people who can sing, dance, pull off a blond wig, and yodel. Her comedic timing is spot on in this hysterical number from the Mel Brooks musical version of Young Frankenstein. It will never cease to amaze me how she doesn’t lose her accent while singing.
9) Sunshine On My Shoulder- Barnes and Nobles CD Release
There is something intimate about performances at Barnes and Noble. Foster performs this track off her album with such raw emotion, emphasized by her deep breath and her process of really getting into the song.
8) You’re The Top – On The Rosie Show
This performance is the perfect balance between flirty and comedic. Foster and Colin Donnell channel their characters and both sound and look perfect together. They have fun and complement one another during the number.
7) It’s Oh So Quiet – Bunheads Dance Routine
Bunheads showcases not only Fosters way of conveying sarcastic humour, but also her dancing skills. This dance routine featured phenomenal execution of choreography and comedy in performance. The routine was the best of the season, and Foster did a brilliant job performing it.
6) Morning Person – Shrek The Musical
This is the most hysterical number from Shrek The Musical. Foster delivers the clever and humorous lyrics perfectly, with just the right amount of crazy.
5) My Way – Joes Pub Concert 2008
Foster’s belt in this performance is breathtaking. Prepare for goosebumps from the sheer power of her voice.
4) And I’m Telling You - 2010 Culver City Concert
Foster channeled her inner diva with this song from Dreamgirls. The song was the product of a “pull a song out of a hat,” game and she took on the challenge like a trooper. Her belt is indescribable, and once again she incorporates humor into her performance like a pro.
3) Not For The Life of Me – The Early Show
Foster’s theatre career started with Thoroughly Modern Millie. This song not only kick started Foster’s career, but also is an essential song in the show. Foster was only making her debut in the show, but owned the larger than life number.
Show Off – Tony Awards 2006
This is when we realized Foster was just as much a dancer as she is a singer. Above all she is a performer, and her performance in The Drowsy Chaperone was without a doubt one of her finest. Foster seriously injured herself in this show because of her extensive dance routine for this number. She really is a show off…who does she think she is being so flawless?
Anything Goes – Tony Awards 2011
Foster owned her role of Reno Sweeney, and she has a Tony to prove it. Foster has a particularly positive disposition in her Tony performance of the iconic number; it’s almost like she knew this night would be a big night for her.