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Sutton Foster Will Return to Broadway This Spring in a Roundabout Revival of Jeanine Tesori's Violet

The new production will be based on this past summer’s New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert. logo
Brian Crawley, Jeanine Tesori, and Sutton Foster
(© David Gordon)

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will return to Broadway this spring in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's musical Violet. Previews will begin at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28, with an official opening night set for April 20. The limited engagement will play through August 10.

Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production is based on this past summer's acclaimed New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert, which Silverman also staged. The creative team includes Jeffrey Page (choreography), Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red (original orchestrations), Michael Rafter (musical director), David Zinn (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Mark Barton (lighting design), and Leon Rotherberg (sound design). Full casting will be announced in the coming months.

Inspired by Doris Betts' short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, Violet follows a woman whose face was disfigured in a childhood accident as she travels on a bus to an Oklahoma-based televangelist. Upon its 1997 Playwrights Horizons premiere, the musical received Obie, Drama Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards.

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.

Click here to read TheaterMania's review of Violet in concert.

Click here to see TheaterMania's photos of the one-night-only event.

Click here for more information on Violet.


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