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"Bunheads" Star Sutton Foster Coming to Cleveland

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 11, 2013

That's the good news. The bad news: Tickets for her benefit show START at $300, The official word:

On Saturday, May 18, PlayhouseSquare will host the illuminate! benefit, co-chaired by Dan and Molly Walsh of Shaker Heights, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the completion of its historic theaters. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, desserts, dancing and performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster with musical director and conductor Michael Rafter.


Individual tickets prices for the cocktail chic event start at $300 and can be reserved by calling Leanne Dewyer at 216-640-8411. More information is available at


Proceeds from the event, led by support from premiere sponsors Baker & Hostetler and Huntington, benefit community engagement and education programming at PlayhouseSquare.


PlayhouseSquare is a world-class, not-for-profit performing arts center, arts education champion and downtown developer.

About Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Currently, she is starring in ABC Family’s new series Bunheads, created by Amy Sherman Palladino.

She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently appeared in Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order SVU and Royal Pains.

As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter, featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others.

In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.

About Michael Rafter

Sutton Foster collaborated with Michael Rafter on her first solo cd, "Wish," released in February 2009 and performed live at the Lincoln Center American Songbook series. Their second CD, “An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle,” was released in March 2011. He also co-produced Norm Lewis’s solo cd, "This Is the Life," and the recording of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Broadway show Caroline, Or Change.

Michael conducted Gypsy on Broadway starring Tyne Daly and the TV movie starring Bette Midler, and won an Emmy award for his music direction of the movie. He has supervised the Broadway and/or national touring companies of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music and The Buddy Holly Story. On Broadway, Michael has served as music director/conductor of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, The King & I and Gypsy. Michael also did the arrangements for the Broadway productions of Swing and Sweet Charity. He was one of the piano-playing duo in the Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella. Off Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along and Violet.


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