Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes) returns to Broadway in a revival of the award-winning, tender musical Violet in a production from the distinguished Roundabout Theatre Company. This edition, directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Well, Chinglish), is an expanded version of a one-night concert staged by the City Center Encores! Off-Center Series in July 2012. Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” the show features a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline or Change, Fun Home).
Foster stars as Violet, a facially disfigured young woman in the 1960s who dreams of having perfect Hollywood looks. She takes a bus ride from her home in North Carolina to see a televangelist in Oklahoma whom she believes will make her wishes come true. Along the way, she meets a variety of fellow travelers, each searching for a new meaning in their lives. Her encounter with a pair of soldiers changes the future for all concerned. Blending a variety of musical styles including bluegrass, gospel, and country-western, Violet soulfully examines the meaning of beauty and the need for acceptance.
One hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)
Did you know?
Violet originally played Off-Broadway at Playwright Horizons from March 11-April 6, 1997. It won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical that season.
Founded in 1965, the Roundabout Theater Company has grown for a 150-seat space in a supermarket basement to become of the leading non-profit theaters in the country. With five stages on and Off-Broadway, Roundabout reaches over 70,000 playgoers every year. Its productions have won 29 Tonys, 41 Drama Desks, 50 Outer Critics Circle Awards and 9 Obies.
Fans of Sutton Foster from her Broadway roles and the TV series Bunheads will enjoy seeing the multitalented performer take on a more serious role. Country music fans should love the twangy score.
Good for kids?
While not too adult in its themes, Violet is not really appropriate for young children, but older kids and teens should be able to handle it.
American Airlines Theatre Location Information:
227 W 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway