Foster, who recently starred in the benefit Chess concert and who continues to head the cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie, is one of the nine winners of the 18th Annual ArtServe Michigan Governor's Awards for Arts & Culture. Foster, a Troy native, will be honored with the "Emerging Artist" award. The annual awards "honor outstanding achievement by individuals and organizations that create, foster and support arts and culture in Michigan."
The complete list of award categories and recipients follows:
International Achievement, Regina Carter (Detroit native)
Civic Leader, Irene Walt (Huntington Woods)
Business Honor Roll, Old Town Business and Art
Development Association (Lansing)
Arts in Education, Newaygo County Community Services (Fremont)
Michigan Artist, Laurie Eisenhower (Rochester Hills)
Emerging Artist, Sutton Foster (Troy native)
Cultural Organization - Upper Peninsula Children's Museum (Marquette)
Cultural Organization - Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies (Ann Arbor)
Cultural Organization - Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit)
In a statement Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said, "I congratulate the Governor's Awards winners for their continuing commitment to arts and culture in Michigan.They demonstrate the talent and exceptional accomplishments of Michigan citizens and represent our Michigan spirit."
Sutton Foster, who currently stars in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie, received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire awards her performance in the musical at the Marquis Theatre. Her other Broadway credits include roles in Les Misérables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease!. Foster's regional and tour credits include What the World Needs Now, Dorian, Three Musketeers, South Pacific and The Will Rogers Follies.
The awards will be presented Nov. 10 at 6:30 PM at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. For more information visit www.artservemichigan.org.