Tony Winner Sutton Foster
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Sutton Foster, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Ms. Foster created this role of Millie Dillmount the La Jolla premiere. Broadway: Les Miserables (Eponine), Annie (Star to Be), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grease! (Sandy). Regional: What the World Needs Now, Dorian, Three Musketeers, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Tour: The Will Rogers Follies. Nancy Opel, Urinetown
Broadway: Triumph of Love, Ring Round the Moon, Getting Away With Murder, Sunday in the Park With George, Anything Goes, Evita. Off Broadway: All in the Timing, Mere Mortals, Lives of the Saints, Hundreds of Hats, Don Juan in Chicago, Personals. Regional: Loot, Honk, Candide, Blue Window, Lives of the Saints, Almost September. TV/film: The Ice Storm, Second Skin, Marci X, "Law & Order," "Ryan's Hope," "One Life To Live."
Louise Pitre, Mamma Mia!
Original Donna, for which she was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), San Francisco Critics Circle Award, and U.S. National Broadway Award; Piaf (Piaf); Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers); Fantine (Les Miserables, Paris cast recording); The World Goes Round; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha). CD: All of My Life Has Led to This.
Jennifer Laura Thompson, Urinetown
Broadway: Footloose (Ariel Moore, original cast). Off-Broadway: Urinetown (original cast), Strike Up the Band! (Encores!), Tip-Toes (Carnegie Hall), A Doll's Life (York Theatre). Tours: Carousel (Julie Jordan), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Regional: Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Corie in Barefoot in the Park and others. TV: "Law & Order: SVU."
Vanessa Williams, Into the Woods
Broadway: Kiss of the Spider Woman. Other stage: One Man Band (Off-B'way) Checkmates (L.A.). She starred in "Encores!" St. Louis Woman, and created the role of Queenie in the Public Theater's workshop of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party. Films: Soul Food, Eraser, Dance With Me and Shaft. TV: "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Odyssey," "Keep the Faith, Baby," "The Courage to Love."