By Kenneth Jones
11 Jun 2012
|Photo by ABC Family/Andrew Eccles|
The series is executive-produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the writer behind "Gilmore Girls." In "Bunheads," Michelle Simms (played by Foster) is a classically trained dancer who has worked on Broadway and, now, as a Las Vegas showgirl. Feeling stuck and without focus, personally and professionally, she marries a suitor-fan, Hubbell Flowers (played by Alan Ruck, of "Spin City"), on a whim, and he takes her home to his small town, Paradise, on the California coast. He shares a house there with his starchy mother, Fanny (Tony Award winner Kelly Bishop, of A Chorus Line and "Gilmore Girls"), a former classical ballet dancer who runs a dance studio out of her home. Michelle uneasily approaches her sudden future, which includes mentoring Fanny's dance students — "bunheads" refers to female dancers who pull their hair back and wear it in a bun.
At the time of her March exit from Broadway's Anything Goes, for which she won her second Best Actress Tony Award, Foster told Playbill.com, "I'm so excited about my new adventure — and I hope to have a very full and varied career. I've always admired actors who do theatre, television and film. I'm looking for things to challenge me creatively and artistically. I really believe in this next project and really believe in its creator and writer Amy Sherman-Palladino. To work with her is a dream come true."
The title characters are a varied lot: Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins) struggles with her body type; Sasha (Julia Goldani Telles) is rebellious, and has issues at home; sensitive Ginny (Bailey Buntain); and fun-loving Melanie (Emma Dumont).
Foster is a five-time Tony Award nominee and two-time winner (for Millie and Anything Goes). Read more about her Broadway career in PlaybillVault.com.
Watch the Playbill Video Cue & A with Foster, filmed in 2010: