A candid and winning Sutton Foster at the Art House

Sutton Foster and Seth Rudetsky performing  at the Art House in Provincetown.
Sutton Foster and Seth Rudetsky performing at the Art House in Provincetown.JAMIE CASERTANO

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Viewed from the outside, Sutton Foster’s career is the stuff of showbiz lore.

Plucked from the ensemble of “Thoroughly Modern Millie’’ a decade ago to take over the title role, she proceeded to win a Tony Award, delivered a string of acclaimed performances in other Broadway musicals (“The Drowsy Chaperone,’’ “Young Frankenstein,’’ “Shrek the Musical’’), won another Tony (for “Anything Goes’’), and landed the leading part on a well-regarded TV show (“Bunheads’’).

But when Foster tells her own story, as she did last week at the Art House in Provincetown during an onstage conversation with Seth Rudetsky, the sparkling saga yields to reality — and that turns out be the tale of a performer who has had to battle self-doubt.

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