In the 21st century, there have been few bigger Broadway stars than Sutton Foster.
She has won Tony Awards for her portrayals of Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes' and for the title character in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She's been Jo in "Little Women," Inga in "Young Frankenstein," Princess Fiona in "Shrek: The Musical" and Janet in "The Drowsy Chaperone." If you're not the Broadway type, you may know her from her roles as Michelle Simms in TV's "Bunheads" or Liza Miller in current TV land comedy "Younger."
When she's not playing other people, Sutton's a major concert draw. She'll be performing in concert this weekend at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
Her show is titled "An Evening With Sutton Foster." That same show, or at least a version of it, toured the country in 2010 and led to a popular album. She described the shows in that tour as "definitely quirky and weird -- and very much me." Critics praised not just her singing but her charming stage presence.
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That tour included songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, John Denver and Carole King, along with a stirring version of "And I Am Telling You" from "Dreamgirls." So you can probably anticipate a similar assortment of pop and Broadway classic this time.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $35.50-$55.50 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear