Sutton Foster Forever

posted by Wendy Perron on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012
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Sutton Foster in costume for Anything Goes. Photo by Matthew Karas.

The awesomest part of the new TV show Bunheads is Sutton Foster. Her acting is spectacular. She’s hilarious as the hung-over showgirl who notices she’s got a ring on her finger after a drunken night out. She’s believable when she tells the guy that she’s like Godzilla and all men run from her. And when she tells her mother-in-law that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she’s achingly convincing as an insecure, 30-something, possibly has-been dancer. She pulls you right down into those times in your own life when you felt lost.

I didn’t know if Sutton Foster could make the transition from being a spectacular triple threat on Broadway to television. She is a stage animal, with stage instincts; she thrillingly commanded the whole theater as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. So I didn’t know if she could handle the intimacy of the camera. But she does. She comes across as being totally real, and even in this not entirely convincing situation comedy, she shows a wide range of emotions.

I’m not the only one who things she’s the Top. Her ex-husband, Christian Borle, the Smash star who just won a Tony for being the wicked Black Stash in the musical Peter and the Starcatcher, praised her to the skies in Broadway.com. He calls her the most amazing performer ever and an unbelievable woman. Now, that’s nice to see, coming from an ex-husband—and from someone who himself is dynamite onstage.

To get a glimpse of what kind of non-stop star Sutton Foster is, check out our recent behind-the-scenes video of our photo shoot. Oh, and the bunheads of the title, on this ABC Family channel? They are the teenage girls who take ballet from Michelle's (Foster's) mother-in-law.