and also auditioned for the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club.She left Troy High School before graduating (she received her diploma via correspondence courses) to join the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies directed by Tommy Tune. In May 2012, she received an honorary doctorate from Ball State University, "in recognition of her outstanding career in theater, television and music and for her contributions to the educational experience and professional growth of Ball State students." she returned as the Star to Be in the revival of Annie.She played former Las Vegas showgirl Michelle, who impulsively marries a man, moves to his small town, and begins teaching ballet lessons at her new mother-in-law's dance studio.She won the Gracie Award and received a nomination at the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In the spring of 2012, she returned to Ball State, teaching classes, mentoring the interdisciplinary team that wrote the musical The Circus in Winter, and co-directing the Department of Theatre and Dance's Spring 2012 production of The Drowsy Chaperone; she also spoke at commencement and received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree for her continued engagement with Ball State students.Foster left the musical in 2007 and co-starred in Mel Brooks' musical adaptation of his film Young Frankenstein as the Swedish yodeling fraulein Inga, first at the Paramount Theatre and then on Broadway from October 2007 to July 2008.She played her final performance on January 3, 2010, when the show closed on Broadway.This was followed in 1998 by a role in What the World Needs Now at the Old Globe Theatre, before she began touring with Les Misérables as Eponine Thenardier. Foster ultimately left Les Misérables to appear in the ensemble of the pre-Broadway run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Her brother, Hunter is writing the music for this musical.
As [Millie], another of New York's prototypical small-town girls with big-city dreams, [Sutton Foster] appears unfazed by the burden of a character created onscreen by Julie Andrews.