Sunday, June 16, 2024

Broadway Surprise: Tony Winner Sutton Foster Will Do 12 Weeks in London in “Anything Goes” Before “The Music Man”


This is called a curve ball.

Sutton Foster, who won the Tony for starring in “Anything Goes” as Reno Sweeney a decade ago, has made a surprising decision. She’s going to do the Cole Porter musical this summer and fall in London’s West End right before heading into rehearsals for “The Music Man” on Broadway. (She’s replacing Megan Mullaly, who probably got tired of waiting for this show after a year on hold.)


Sutton’s London run ends October 17. Previews for “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman begin December 20th. So she will have four weeks before rehearsal for the second show, a much bigger deal in that she hasn’t done it before, it’s a new production with a big movie star, and the producer is gone.

Indeed, Scott Rudin was the producer for “The Music Man” and we all know he is no longer there. So far there’s been no announcement of a producer taking over the show. On the Internet Broadway Database, producers’ names for that show have been erased.

Can Sutton work all summer, every day, before taking on “The Music Man” for a year? She certainly doesn’t need to. Her TV series, “Younger,” which just wrapped, was a big success. You’d think she’d want the time off before a big new gig. Or maybe this is her way of warming up.

In the meantime, lucky London. Sutton Foster in “Anything Goes” is like gold. The original production had 9 Tony nominations and won 3 — for Sutton, for Best Revival of a Musical, and best choreographer for Kathleen Marshall, who directs this London company.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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