Did you know…Sutton Foster!
Sutton Foster’s star opportunity was reminiscent of the musical 42nd Street when, during rehearsals of the pre-Broadway run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, she replaced leading lady Erin Dilly.
Any apprehension about having an unknown playing the lead in a nearly
$10 million Broadway production was proven unfounded when she opened at
the Marquis Theatre to many positive reviews.
Clive Barnes, reviewing for the New York Post wrote “Newcomer Sutton Foster’s own star turn as Millie is perfectly charming, but as a star she doesn’t twinkle, glitter or light up Broadway like a Christmas tree defying a July noon. But she has a good voice and is cutely agreeable.”
Her performance as Millie won her the first Tony Award of her career.