Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville have been announced as the featured guest artist and narrator for this year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Holiday Concert. The annual performance will broadcast on BYUtv and is a mainstay of PBS’ holiday programming.
Foster has starred in 11 Broadway shows including her Tony-winning roles in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and originated roles in The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein and Shrek The Musical. On TV, Foster stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land comedy series Younger, and previously starred in Bunheads.
Bonneville is best known to for his role as Robert, Earl of Grantham in the PBS’ hit, Downton Abbey, for which he received a Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations. His film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men and the two Paddington movies and he is also a frequent performer on the stage.
The two continue the annual tradition of major stars joining the world-renowned choir for its annual Christmas spectacular. Icons including Angela Lansbury, Natalie Cole, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Gladys Knight, David Archuleta, Laura Osnes, Audra McDonald, David McCullough, Tom Brokaw, John Rhys Davies, Martin Jarvis, Jane Seymour, the Muppets, Walter Cronkite and more have taken part in the evening of lavish music, pageantry and storytelling.
The performance boasts not only the biggest names in entertainment but also a cast of over 600 as the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir are joined by a full orchestra, dancers, bell ringers and more to perform arrangements of holiday carols, classical songs and vignettes of Christmas stories. The holiday event will be taped in front of a live audience of 21,000+ people in Salt Lake City’s conference center on December 14-16; free tickets are available here beginning Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10am MT.