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Take Five! Spend Your Afternoon Coffee Break with the Great Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster and the cast of Encores! Off-Center The Wild Party. Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld

Sutton Foster and the cast of Encores! Off-Center The Wild Party. Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld

Tony Award winner Sutton Foster does it all. She’s taken home two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Millie in Throughly Modern Millie and as Reno Sweeney in the recent revival of Anything Goes. And her credits don’t stop there.

Aside from her Tony-winning work, Foster was most recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Violet in 2014. Her Broadway credits also include starring as Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, for which she was honored with Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Prior to that, Sutton was Inga in the Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, LA Ovation Award) and Jo March in Little Women: The Musical (2005 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). This past summer, Foster also starred in The Wild Party as part of Encores! Off-Center series.

Sutton Foster‘s comedy work has also landed her on two major TV shows. In 2012 she starred in the beloved, but short-lived ABC Family dramedy Bunheads. You can now see her strutting her stuff in the hit TVLand dramedyYounger. The season two finale of Younger airs next Wednesday at 10/9c on TVLand.

Younger tells the story of Liza (Foster), a 40 year old, recently divorced mother. As her teenage daughter Caitlin (Tessa Albertson) studies abroad in India, Liza decides to get back into the working world, especially after her ex-husband, David (Paul Fitzgerald), gambles away most of their savings. With the help of her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza follows her dreams of working in publishing, but there’s a catch: she poses as a 26 year old after being mistaken for one by Josh (Nico Tortorella), an attractive 26 year old, tattoo artist. Now Liza must navigate the new, millennial world all while maintaining her new identity. Younger also stars Broadway veteran Miriam Shor and TV starHilary Duff.

In honor of Sutton Foster‘s birthday today, BroadwayWorld is inviting you to fill your afternoon coffee break with some of Foster’s most memorable performances. Take five below!

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New Mini-Game App PETER PANIC Throws Fans into the World of Broadway

Peter Panic game logo. Photo Credit: peterpanicgame.com

Peter Panic game logo. Photo Credit: peterpanicgame.com

Have you ever wanted to be thrust into the world of a musical? Then do we have a game for you! Developed by James Marion, PETER PANIC! throws users into the world of a big Broadway musical.

PETER PANIC! is the world’s first mobile mini-game musical, bringing all the magic of Broadway to your smart devices. Peter is an aspiring young director who wants to bring theater back to his hometown. As he travels from one strange location to the next, he must perform dozens of challenging, weird mini games to convince as many people as he can to help him.

James Marion is no stranger to the world of theater. He used to be a stage manager, a technical director for the theater school and he even travelled throughout New Jersey teaching theater. Although theater is one of his great loves, he dropped it all to start creating games. Peter Panic! was born out of a grad school assignment and Marion’s absolute love for theater.

He tells BroadwayWorld, “I was halfway through grad school when I realized that I hadn’t seen a musical in like a year and a half, and I was really sad about that. It really shocked me. I didn’t even know what was on Broadway at the time. I was like, ‘This is a tragedy!’ So, I started thinking about what I was going to do for my thesis and I decided on Peter Panic!”

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STAGE TUBE: Top 8! Celebrate Julie Andrews 80th Birthday With Our Favorite Performances!

Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. Photo Credit: Disney

Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. Photo Credit: Disney

Happy 80th Birthday Julie Andrews! Today the cherished stage and screen veteran celebrates her 80th birthday and to celebrate her special day, BroadwayWorld has decided to to round up eight of our favorite videos from her illustrious career- one for each fantastic decade that humanity has been graced with her presence.

Julie Andrews is known for her incredible talent both on the stage and the screen. On Broadway she has performed inMy Fair Lady, Victor/Victoria and Camelot. Her career extends far beyond the Great White Way. Ms. Andrews is also known for her work in TV and Film. She won an Academy Award for her work in the hit Disney movie Mary Poppins and was nominated for her work in The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria. She has also starred in countless other films like Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Princess Diaries. Julie Andrews also made viewers smile in her countless TV roles such as her work in the TV movie of The King and I and especially in Rodgers & Hammerstein‘s Cinderella.

Click through the videos below and wish Julie Andrews a very, very magical Happy Birthday!

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Kerry Washington, Laura Benanti, Anna Kendrick, Oprah and More Celebrities React to THE WIZ LIVE!

The cast of The Wiz Live!. Photo Credit: NBC

The cast of The Wiz Live! Photo Credit: NBC

THE WIZ LIVE! rocked NBC last night will over 11 million viewers and celebrities were among the biggest fans of the night. Last year, the Twittersphere exploded with tens of thousands of viewer responses to NBC’s Peter Pan Live! and this year the tweets didn’t slow down!

Below BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the best celebrity reactions including tweets from Kerry Washington,Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes, Anna Kendrick, Oprah, Patina Miller, Shonda Rhimes and many more! Check out some of our favorite tweets below!

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ALLEGIANCE Plans a Life After Its Broadway Run

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Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung take their opening night bows for Allegiance. Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld

Although Allegiance will end its run early on February 14th, the creators, including GEORGE TAKEI, hope that the musical will have a life following its Broadway run.

According to the Star Tribune, Takei says, “I know it has a life.” The musical is based onGeorge Takei‘s childhood memories of being forced into a Wyoming interment camp. The new musical is a multigenerational tale with two love stories that are framed by a Japanese-American war veteran looking back on his family’s time in a camp. Takei stars opposite Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.

The producers are apparently looking into a potential touring production as well as seeing if Allegiancecould have a life being performed at schools across the country. A version has also been looked at for the West Coast.

Lorenzo Thione, one of the shows producers and co-book writer says, “This is just a jumping-off point for the story to continue to be told…Obviously we’re disappointed that we can’t continue to tell this story on Broadway but the reasons are so external to the show itself.”

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