Michelle Simmsplayed by Sutton Foster
Michelle had a promising career as a classically-trained professional dancer but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she’s found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal, and her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, is gaining it. With promises of a cushy life in his coastal town of Paradise, CA., Hubbell convinces Michelle to marry him and move away. Once in Paradise, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger. But Michelle’s budding relationship with the “bunheads” at Fanny’s dance studio may help her adapt to small town living and her uneasy role as a new daughter-in-law.
Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer. She was born in Georgia and raised in Michigan. Before starring in Bunheads, Sutton appeared on Broadway in Grease!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, and Les Miserables before her big break and Tony Award-winning performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also originated roles in the Broadway productions of Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical. In 2011, Sutton starred in the revival of Anything Goes -- a role that earned her the 2011 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire, and Broadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards. She has also performed solo shows all across the county and has released two solo albums - Wish and Sutton Foster Live at the Cafe Carlyle.
She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has also appeared in Johnny and the Sprites, Law and Order: SVU, Royal Pains and Flight of the Conchords.