Violet

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Violet is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. It tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1997 and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical.

Violet was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference in 1994. It premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on March 11, 1997, and closed on April 6, 1997. Directed by Susan H. Schulman with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, the cast featured Lauren Ward as Violet, Michael McElroy as Flick and Michael Park as Monty. Other cast members included Stephen Lee Anderson, Amanda Posner and Robert Westenberg. It won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical. In January 2003, a reunion concert was held at Playwrights Horizons, at which members of the original cast performed.

The Encores! Off-Center Series held a one-night production at the New York City Center on July 17, 2013. Sutton Foster played Violet with Joshua Henry as Flick. Other cast members included Van Hughes, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele, Chris Sullivan, Rema Webb, and Paul Whitty.

Violet Broadway revival at the American Airlines Theatre in a Roundabout Theatre Company production in April 2014, with Sutton Foster stared as “Violet”. The production directed by Leigh Silverman and musically directed by Michael Rafter with choreography by Jeffrey Page, sets by D avid Zinn, costumes by Clint Ramos and lights by Mark Barton.

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