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Sutton Foster photo by Laura Marie Duncan. Hugh Bonneville photo by Stuart McCylmont. 

Broadway Star Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville are the 2017 Christmas Guest Artists

Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville will be the featured guest artist and narrator at this year’s Christmas concert. This annual event by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square will take place on December 14, 15, and 16 in the Conference Center.

Ms. Foster starred in 11 Broadway shows and is a two-time Tony Award–winner for her roles in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also originated roles in The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical. She currently stars as the lead character Liza in the critically acclaimed TV Land television series Younger, which will begin its fifth season in 2018. As a solo artist, Ms. Foster has recorded two albums and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. (This interview tells about her start on Broadway.)

Hugh Bonneville is best known to American audiences for his role as Robert, Earl of Grantham in ITV/PBS Masterpiece’s global hit Downton Abbey, for which he received a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. His many film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men, and Paddington. Most recently Mr. Bonneville starred in Viceroy’s House, in which he portrayed Lord Mountbatten alongside Gillian Anderson and Sir Michael Gambon. He made a celebrated return to the stage last year in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at Chichester Theatre. (See his thoughts about the start of the final season of Downton Abbey.)

Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said, “Each year there is a new theme for the Christmas concert, which magnifies the strengths of our guest artists. With Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville headlining the concert, audiences will experience a full-scale production of world-class music, dance, and storytelling with amazing visual effects in the Conference Center.” 

“Sutton Foster’s crystal-clear voice and vibrant stage presence will pair wonderfully with the Choir and Orchestra. She will be an absolute delight for audiences,” said music director Mack Wilberg. “We are equally privileged to have the multitalented Hugh Bonneville as a narrator bringing to life a story specially tailored to him about joy and peace at Christmas.”

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