Mormon Tabernacle Choir to welcome Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville

Saturday , October 14, 2017 - 12:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — Christmas may be slightly more than two months away. but now is the time to get tickets for the annual Christmas concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Bells on Temple Square.

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 event Dec. 14, 15 and 16 in the Conference Center, 60 West North Temple in Salt Lake City.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, tickets will become available at lds.org/events, said a news release from The  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Patrons will be able to request four tickets online. No tickets will be available through phone or in person.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons will be able to see which nights are available and will know at the end of their selection which night they have received, according to the news release. Further ticket details are available at mormontabernaclechoir.org.

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"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," Mack Wilberg, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s music director, said in the news release. "We are equally privileged to have the talents of Hugh Bonneville as our narrator bringing to life a story specially tailored to him about joy and peace at Christmas."

The free performances are seen by more than 60,000 audience members each year. BYU Television will join PBS in airing airing the this year, according to the news release.

“Each year there is a new theme for the Christmas concert which magnifies the strengths of our guest artists,” said Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “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.”

Foster has starred in 11 Broadway shows, including her Tony-winning roles in “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” as well as originating roles in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Shrek The Musical,” according to the news release. On television, Foster stars as Liza in the critically-acclaimed TV Land comedy series “Younger,” and previously starred in “Bunheads.”

As a solo artist, Foster has toured the country in support of her debut solo CD “Wish,” as well as her follow-up recording, “An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Feinstein's.

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Hugh Bonneville is best known to American audiences for his role as Robert, Earl of Grantham in ITV/PBS Masterpiece’s “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 the two “Paddington” movies. Most recently, Bonneville starred in “Viceroy’s House”, alongside Gillian Anderson and Sir Michael Gambon. Bonneville returned to the stage last year in Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”

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