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July 23, 2012
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Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 8 p.m.


The two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer

performs at the seventh annual ARTS by George! benefit event!


FAIRFAX, Va., July 23, 2012 – Hailed as an “amazing triple threat” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster has dazzled audiences on Broadway with her powerful soprano, fantastic footwork and sparkling stage presence. This luminous talent appears for the first time at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at

8 p.m., in a spectacular evening of Broadway showstoppers and tender cabaret-style ballads. This performance is a part of the seventh annual ARTS by George!benefit event held by Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. 

Born in Georgia and raised in Michigan, Foster appeared in “The Will Rogers Follies,” “Grease,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Annie” and “Les Misérables” before her breakout role on Broadway as the naïve but ambitious Millie Dillmount in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a role she had created in the 2000 La Jolla Playhouse premiere in San Diego. In 2002, Foster won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Fred Astaire awards for her role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Foster also originated roles in the Broadway productions of “Little Women,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Shrek the Musical,” receiving a superb collection of award nominations for her roles.

In 2011, Foster starred as evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Anything Goes,” a role that earned her praise from audiences and critics alike. The New York Times said, “[Foster’s] triple mastery of words, music and moves is unmatched by any performer on Broadway at the moment.” Foster earned the 2011 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Fred Astaire and Audience Favorite awards.

Foster recently moved from New York City to Los Angeles to star in the comedy-drama “Bunheads,” created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”), which premiered on ABC Family on June 11, 2012. In the series, Foster stars as Michelle, a classically trained ballet dancer-turned-Las Vegas showgirl. After a whirlwind marriage, Michelle moves to small California coastal town and begins working as a dance instructor at her mother-in-law’s dance studio. Foster was first seen on television when she appeared on “Star Search” at age 15, and has since appeared on “Flight of the Conchords,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Johnny and the Sprites” and “Sesame Street.”

As a solo artist, Foster has performed in concert at Lincoln Center in the American Songbook Series, Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Joe’s Pub and Feinstein’s. The New York Times said, “The radiance of Julia Roberts and the zany spunk of Holly Golightly: that only begins to describe the seductive charms of Sutton Foster.” Foster has also released two critically acclaimed albums: “Wish” and “An Evening With Sutton Foster – Live from the Café Carlyle.”

Tickets to Sutton Foster’s performance can be purchased for $40, $55 and $70 starting on Wednesday, Aug. 1, or as part of the ARTS by George! benefit for $200. For more information or tickets to the ARTS by George! benefit event, please visit or contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at or (703) 993-4188. 


Tickets for SUTTON FOSTER are $40, $55 and $70 and are available starting on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

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