Sutton Foster takes over City Center—filling it with her indomitable spirit for a concert with her friends that celebrates their connections to the historic theater and reflects on the challenges facing all of us.
Bring Me to Light reunites Foster with fellow Encores! cast members Raúl Esparza and Joaquina Kalukango, City Center alum Kelli O’Hara, and Wren Rivera—Foster’s student at Ball University. Together, they enliven City Center with the hope of what lies ahead through performances of music theater favorites from Anyone Can Whistle, Camelot, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Violet, The Wild Party, and more.
Accompanied by Music Director Michael Rafter (piano) and Matt Hinkley (guitar), Bring Me to Light is directed by Leigh Silverman, with Jeanine Tesori serving as Creative Producer.
Read the program for Sutton Foster | Bring Me to Light here.
Safety for our artists, staff, and crew is our first priority. All rehearsals and performances are executed in strict adherence to rigorous health and safety protocols under guidance from medical consultants and in accordance with all government and union guidelines.
Top photo: Sutton Foster; photo by Jenny Anderson
Production photos by Christopher Duggan Photography
Raúl Esparza is a Tony-nominated stage and television actor and singer, known for his role as Rafael Barba in Law & Order Special Victims Unit. He made his Broadway debut in Cabaret, followed by the revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and appeared Off-Broadway in tick, tick… BOOM! (Drama Desk Award nomination) the following year. Additional theater credits: Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!), Arcadia, Chess, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Company, The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center), The Homecoming, Leap of Faith, Merrily We Roll Along, The Normal Heart, Road Show (Encores! Off-Center), Speed-the-Plow, Sunday in the Park with George, Taboo,and Twelfth Night. Film credits include: Custody, Ferdinand, My Soul to Take, and Trouble in the Heights. Television credits: Hannibal, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, and Pushing Daisies.
Currently leading the hit TV Land series Younger, returning for its seventh season in April 2021, Sutton Foster will make her highly anticipated Broadway return in the upcoming revival of The Music Man in 2022. The award-winning actress has appeared on Broadway in Violet (transfer from Encores! Off-Center), Anything Goes (Tony Award), Shrek, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), Les Misérables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease. Off-Broadway credits include in Sweet Charity (The Pershing Square Signature Center), The Wild Party (Encores! Off-Center), Trust (Second Stage), and Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!). She has also appeared on television in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Bunheads, Elementary, Psych, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, Flight of the Conchords, and Sesame Street. She holds an honorary doctorate from Ball State University where she also teaches.
Joaquina Kalukango received a Tony nomination for lead actress in a play for her incredibly layered and devastating performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play. She also received an Outer Critics Circle award for best actress and Broadway.com listed her as one of the top 5 performers of the year, declaring that her “blistering performance is one that will shake you to your core.” Kalukango is also a 2021 SAG Awards nominee for her role as Betty X in Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami. Additionally, she recently recurred on the HBO series Lovecraft Country. Other TV credits include Ava Duvernay’s Netflix series When They See Us. Recent Broadway credits include The Color Purple, Holler if You Hear Me, and Godspell. She appeared in the Encores! Off-Center production of The Wild Party.
Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Loenowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Olivier Nominations. Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate, The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula,and Jekyll & Hyde. She was awarded the Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts, The Kennedy Center Honors, and performs often alongside The New York Philharmonic. Along with her two Grammy nominations, her solo albums are available on Ghostlight Records.
Wren Rivera (they/them/theirs) is absolutely ecstatic to be performing in New York City Center’s Bring Me to Light. Hailing from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Rivera is a rising musical theatre graduate of Ball State University. Most recently Rivera was seen in She Kills Monsters (Tilly), Twelfth Night (Viola/Cesario), Q2: The Musical (Kat), and Fun Home (Alison). A ginormous thank you to Sutton, Michael, and the folx at Ball State for making this happen. Chirp Chirp! Please follow along with them on Instagram @w.t.rivera.
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Music Director Michael Rafter
Creative Producer Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Starring Raúl Esparza, Sutton Foster, Joaquina Kalukango, Kelli O’Hara, and Wren Rivera
Sutton Foster | Bring Me to Light is produced by New York City Center and Nel Shelby Productions
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
MAJOR SUPPORT FOR NEW YORK CITY CENTER
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
MAJOR SUPPORT FOR MUSICAL THEATER AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
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Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation
Herman Goldman Foundation
Marta Heflin Foundation
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
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The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation