|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Occupation||Musical theatre actor, singer, librettist, playwright, director|
|Family||Sutton Foster (sister)|
Hunter Foster (born June 25, 1969) is an American musical theatre actor, singer, librettist, playwright and director.
After touring in several shows and playing on Broadway, in 2001 he was cast in his breakthrough role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown, for which he received both a nomination for an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award. In 2003, Foster starred as Seymour in the Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination.
Foster also appeared as Leo Bloom in The Producers on Broadway, Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts at the Kennedy Center, and Ben in Modern Orthodox off-Broadway. He also starred as Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
Foster's writing includes the libretto for an off-Broadway 2002 musical based on the motion picture Summer of '42 and writing an adaptation of the film Bonnie and Clyde with Urinetown co-star, Rick Crom. "Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale" was workshopped in residency at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, through the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund Fellowship, a Producer-Writer Initiative granted through NAMT, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Foster was one of the writers for Rosie O'Donnell's 2008 NBC series Rosie Live, which was cancelled after the first episode.
Foster played the role of music producer Sam Phillips in the musical Million Dollar Quartet, on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, which opened on April 10, 2010. Foster then portrayed Richard Hoover in the musical Little Miss Sunshine, at the La Jolla Playhouse, until March 27, 2011. He appeared on the ABC Family show Bunheads as Scotty Sims, the brother of main character Michelle, who is portrayed by his real-life sister Sutton Foster. He originated the role of Bud in the musical The Bridges of Madison County in 2014.
He has directed plays and musicals at the Bucks County Playhouse as well as at regional theaters. He directed Company in 2015 and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in June 2016 at Bucks County Playhouse.
- Cats – Rum Tum Tugger – 1992 US National Tour
- Grease – Roger u/s Danny – 1994
- King David – Jonathan – 1997
- Children of Eden – Abel, Ham – 1997
- Les Misérables – Joly – 1998
- Footloose – Bickle – 1998
- Martin Guerre – Victor, Martin – 1999
- Urinetown – Bobby Strong – 2001 (originated role)
- Earth Girls Are Easy – Mac – 2002
- Little Shop of Horrors – Seymour – 2003
- The Producers – Leo Bloom – 2004
- Mister Roberts – Ensign Pulver – 2005
- Modern Orthodox – Ben – 2005
- The Producers – Leo Bloom – 2007
- Frankenstein - A New Musical (Off Broadway) – Victor Frankenstein – 2007
- Kiss of the Spider Woman – (Signature Theatre) – Luis Alberto Molina – 2008
- Million Dollar Quartet – Sam Phillips – 2010
- Ordinary Days – Jason – 2010 (originated role)
- Hands on a Hardbody – Benny Perkins – 2012 (originated role)
- The Bridges of Madison County - Bud- 2014 Broadway (originated role)
- Spamalot – King Arthur, off Broadway
- "Little Shop of Horrors Tony Awards Info". broadwayworld.com.
- Jones, Kenneth."Dressing Them Up: Hunter Foster Will Be Molina in DC Spider Woman" Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, January 9, 2008
- Simonson, Robert."PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Hunter Foster" Archived August 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, July 2, 2008
- "Million Dollar Quartet Broadway at Nederlander Theatre – Tickets and Discounts" Archived April 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, March 30, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam. "Cast of Jason Robert Brown's 'The Bridges of Madison County' Heads to the Recording Studio March 3" Playbill, March 3, 2014
- "John Dewey to Lead Bucks County Playhouse's Hunter Foster-Helmed 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' " broadwayworld.com, June 8, 2016