Sutton Foster: November 13, 2018

TONY AWARD-WINNER SUTTON FOSTER AND RENOWNED ACTOR HUGH BONNEVILLE STAR IN 15TH ANNUAL
“CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR”
 

ELABORATE, VICTORIAN-THEMED PROGRAM CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS THROUGH MUSIC, DANCE AND STORYTELLING; A 60-MINUTE VERSION HAS BEEN A TOP HOLIDAY PROGRAM ON PBS SINCE 2004; 90-MINUTE CONCERT TO AIR ON BYU TV

 

Tony Award-Winner Sutton Foster

 

This December, Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and renowned actor Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece will star as guest musical artist and narrator, respectively, in the beloved annual holiday television special “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” on PBS and BYU TV. “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” is a storied tradition that dates back decades. Foster and Bonneville join a rich roster of guests that has traveled to Salt Lake City over the years to star in the phenomenon. Gladys Knight, Angela Lansbury, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Natalie Cole, David Archuleta, Deborah Voigt, Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Rolando Villazón, among others, have performed as musical guest artists. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”), legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite and the Muppets® from “Sesame Street” have served as narrators.

This is the 15th consecutive year a 60-minute version of the programs will air on PBS stations. The annual program is a culmination of over 170 years of musical excellence by the iconic Choir. Founded in August 1847 by a small group of frontier settlers just 29 days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, the Choir has evolved into a world-recognized, Grammy award-winning musical organization that is unparalleled in its size, history, reach and versatility. The special has been the top-viewed holiday program on PBS nearly every year for the past 14 years. BYU TV, a nationwide family entertainment network that produces the broadcast and co-presents it to millions of viewers worldwide alongside WGBH will air the full 90-minute version at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 20.

 

MORE ABOUT SUTTON FOSTER:

Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer known for her work on the Broadway stage. Her performances in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002) and “Anything Goes” (2011) earned her two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. Other credits include major roles in the original Broadway casts of “Little Women” (2005) “The Drowsy Chaperone” (2006) “Young Frankenstein” (2007) “Shrek the Musical” (2008) and “Violet” (2014) On television, she has starred as Liza in TVLand’s hit series “Younger” since 2015 and also played the lead role in ABC Family’s “Bunheads” (2012). “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” marks Foster’s second PBS concert appearance. In 2018, she starred in a solo concert on “Live from Lincoln Center,” alongside special guest Jonathan Groff (Tony nominations for “Hamilton” and “Spring Awakening”).

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