Reno Sweeney, a charismatic evangelist-turned-nightclub singer who belts Cole Porter tunes (and shows off her tap-dancing ability) aboard the cruise ship S.S. American.
A Broadway musical superstar, Foster has been in demand since winning a Tony for her 2002 performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. The actress took on a rare dramatic role in summer 2010 in the black comedy Trust.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a Musical
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Diva Performance
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Onstage Pair (with Joel Grey)
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance
—Astaire Award for Outstanding Female Dancer
2002: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie
2005: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Little Women
2006: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone
2009: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Shrek the Musical
Foster has dreamed of playing Reno Sweeney since choreographing a production of Anything Goes at a community theater in Germantown, Tennessee, when she was 19 years old.
“I wish I could own a little more Reno in my life. it’s been one of the greatest challenges, owning my bad-assness!” —Foster in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/11