Colin Donnell is set join his Anything Goes costar, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, in Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming production of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet, at the American Airlines Theatre. Roundabout, who also produced the 2011 Tony-winning Anything Goes, will open Violet on April 20. Previews begin March 28. Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys) has also been announced as part of the cast.
Leigh Silverman directs this musical, inspired by Doris Betts' short story The Ugliest Pilgrim. The show follows a woman whose face was disfigured in a childhood accident as she travels on a bus to an Oklahoma-based televangelist.
The creative team includes Jeffrey Page (choreography), Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red (original orchestrations), Michael Rafter (musical direction), David Zinn (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Mark Barton (lighting design), and Leon Rotherberg (sound design).
The production is based on this past summer's New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert version of the musical. Donnell's role was played in the Encores! production by Van Hughes. Henry reprises his role from the summer staging. Violet will be produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino (who cocreated the Foster-led television series Bunheads), David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen.
Violet was first seen in New York in 1997 in its premiere at Playwrights Horizons.
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