Sutton Foster on Her New Show ‘Bunheads’: “It just seemed like such a perfect fit for me”

Sutton Foster is best known for her Tony award-winning roles on Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes but she’ll soon take to the small screen in Gilmore Girls producer Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new ABC Family show Bunheads.

The show revolves around a ballet dancer turned Vegas showgirl who follows her new husband to his small hometown in California.  She ends up working in her mother-in-law’s dance studio, which could lend itself to showcase Foster’s amazing dancing and singing skills.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Foster said, “The show’s centered around dance.  There’s one production number in the pilot, but I have no idea how it will parlay into the series.  We’ll see.  I’m really excited to see where it goes.  It’s so exciting to have so many shows on-air and coming on-air that are centered around the arts, and dance, and singing.  It’s really cool.”

As a self-admitted Gilmore Girls fan, Foster’s attachment to the show came as a surprise to her—she’s still currently performing on Broadway in Anything Goes.  Foster said, “My favorite show of all-time is Gilmore Girls.  Amy contacted my agents and wanted to take a meeting, and I kind of freaked out.  I went like fan girl on her.  We met for lunch and talked, and I was so thrilled.  Then about two weeks later, she called and offered me this role.  I flew out to LA, and met with her and the network, and then we shot the pilot.  So it kinda came out of nowhere, but I read the script, and it just seemed like such a perfect fit for me and for what I wanted to do next.  The opportunity to get to work with her and to say her words—I couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t believe it.”

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