A celebrated Broadway star visited Mason City on Thursday. Actress Sutton Foster, who played Marian the Librarian in New York’s latest rendition of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” spent part of the day touring the setting for the fictional River City, including posing for pictures on the Meredith Willson Footbridge and touring Music Man Square. Foster was presented with the “Key to the City” by Mayor Bill Schickel.
Schickel thanked Foster for visiting the community where Willson was born and was inspired to create the renowned musical.
Foster says she was grateful to see the community’s dedication to the playwright Willson.
Foster played opposite Hugh Jackman in the Broadway revival of the Music Man, for which she received her seventh nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and also won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.