Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster returns to Broadway in a revival of Violet, presented by the Roundabout Theater Company. The musical, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Caroline or Change) and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, will begin preview performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28, 2014 for a limited 20-week engagement with an official opening set for April 20.
The production, directed by Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, Well) is based on the 2013 Encores! Off Center staging of Violet which starred Foster (read our Day in the Life interview with her here). Among the producers of the show is Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls as well as the short-lived ABC Family TV show Bunheads, which also starred Foster.
Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, Violet was originally produced Off-Broadway in 1997 at Playwrights Horizons where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Obie Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Set during the 1960s, the plot concerns a young woman traveling on a bus to see a televangelist in hopes that he will heal a disfigurement she received in a childhood accident. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders.
Foster has won Tonys for Best Actress in a Musical for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, another production from Roundabout. She was also nominated for Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Shrek The Musical.
Violet fills a slot in Roundabout’s 2013-14 schedule left vacant when The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor was pushed ahead to the 2014-15 season.