Tony winner and Downton Abbey star speak about LDS Christmas Concert

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville star in the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. Friday they spoke out about their favorite parts of the show and what it’s been like to preform with MoTab. 

Sutton Foster is a Tony winning Broadway actress, singer and dancer. She said that being a part of this show has been much more than she imagined, “As soon as I walked onstage, I was overwhelmed by the spirit of the season.”

Hugh Bonneville is an acclaimed British actor made famous in the U.S. by his role as Lord Robert Crawley in the PBS global hit “Downton Abbey.” He said, “To us from out of town, it’s quite an experience to come into this vast arena, which at the same time feels like a home and that’s what I think the expression of this concert is all about, creating something that is huge in scale but intimate in content.”

The performers had the opportunity to contribute to the repertoire of the show. Foster said, “I said I want to sing “Sunshine on my Shoulders;” I know it’s not a Christmas song but I want to dedicate it to my mom, and then I wanted to sing “Christmas time is here” because it’s my favorite Christmas song. Now that I have a family of my own, my husband and I have a 9 month old baby girl, for me it was about family, the idea of my new family and celebrating those that have past.”

A combined 63,000 people will watch the show over the four performances, and it will air Christmas 2018 on PBS. 

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