There are few Broadway stars as universally beloved and revered as Sutton Foster. Since her 2009 debut in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster has won scores of fans with her brightly brilliant voice, stellar dancing and instantly likeable stage presence -- and with six more starring roles on Broadway under her belt since Millie, she's become a television star as well, first on the cult-favorite Amy Sherman-Palladino series Bunheads and more recently on TV Land's hit Younger.
The latest development in Foster's varied career: a new album on Ghostlight Records, Take Me to the World, on which she sings tunes old (Cole Porter, James Taylor, Stephen Sondheim) and newer (Jason Robert Brown, Shaina Taub, Jeanine Tesori), in collaboration with drama students at Ball State University (where Foster has taught for several years now).
On this episode of the Billboard on Broadway podcast, Foster chats with host Rebecca Milzoff about her diverse roles and the process of making Take Me to the World. After making her Broadway debut at the head of a large company, Foster says she needed to step back and find a show that would allow her to be part of an ensemble (that was The Drowsy Chaperone). It turned out she loved creating as part of a group -- an attitude that carried through to the making of Take Me to the World. "It was really important to me that the album feel like a collaboration," Foster says. "It's taken years and years to get to where I am in 2018 as an artist and a person." The album, she says, is "like a time capsule."