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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Love Thoroughly Modern Sutton Foster!

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Love Thoroughly Modern Sutton Foster!
Sutton Foster in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
Whether donning a flapper dress, aboard the S.S. American or locked in a tower, fans love Sutton Foster!

She's hot off the press, one step ahead. She gets no kicks from champagne. She's a vandal (and a very gifted bowler). You know her, you love her, it's two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster! The Broadway triple-threat is making her return to the Great White Way in Violet, marking her 11th time on the boards. Foster has quite the stage and screen resume, so we asked you which role of hers is your absolute favorite. The results are in, and here's what you (and Tony voters, as it turns out) had to say!

1. Millie Dillmount, Thoroughly Modern Millie— 25%
Gimme gimme that thing called Sutton! Though Foster already had a handful of Broadway credits prior to Thoroughly Modern Millie (Les Miz, Grease, Annie, and The Scarlet Pimpernel, for those playing at home), her performance as the titular flapper in the 2002 musical was certainly her breakout role, and landed the actress her first Tony nomination and win. Foster fanatics also know that this part came as a surprise for her—she started as the understudy in the show’s out-of-town tryouts, and suddenly found herself in the spotlight just days before preview performances.


2. Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes— 22%
We all know that Foster is a triple threat, but an eight-minute tap break smack in the middle of belting out a beloved musical theater staple? Come on! The Tony winner headlined the revival in 2011 under the direction of Kathleen Marshall. Foster brought a fresh, sexy take to the role of Reno Sweeney, originated by Ethel Merman in the 1930s, and with her knockout performances of the signature Cole Porter tunes “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” the actress found herself accepting her second Tony Award.


3. Princess Fiona, Shrek the Musical — 16%
OK, who else could play a farting/belching princess and get a Tony nod for it? Foster channeled her inner ogre in the 2008 musical Shrek, starring as the “bit bipolar’ Princess Fiona and proved that playing royalty doesn’t have to always be 100% glamorous. She raised her freak flag high, instigated some avian explosions with her singing and yes, melodically passed gas, and audiences loved it (let's see you try to get away with that, Millie). Shrek the Musical closed on Broadway in 2010, but theatergoers can now watch Foster's epic performance on DVD and Blu-ray.

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