Violet Will Make Broadway Premiere Starring Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster
While Broadway fans and theatre goers thought they knew just about everything this spring held in store for them, Roundabout Theatre Company shattered that idea earlier today. The well-known Broadway organization responsible for some of the most magical productions to come to life on Broadway has made a surprise announcement that they will be producing two musicals on Broadway this spring. While many already know of the highly antiquated Cabaret revival starring Alan Cumming as one of them, many did not see this other production which will make a premiere with a Broadway favorite at the helm. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Violet will come to Broadway this spring starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster.
Violet is a musical that features music by Jeanine Tesori with a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Violet Karl is involved with a terrible accident at the young age 13 which leaves her face scarred for the rest of her life. Now 25, Violet is seeking help and her faith is leading her to Oklahoma to be healed. However, upon arriving there, she is told the power of healing comes from within. The faith she has seemed to healed her is only one part of the equation. As she makes her journey and meets new people, she finds explanation and meaning behind love, courage, beauty and the everlasting feeling of being an outside.
Roundabout Theatre Company proudly announced today they would be responsible for the Broadway premiere of Violet this spring. Two time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will return to Broadway in the title role of Violet. Foster was last seen on Broadway in 2011 in Anything Goes, also produced by Roundabout. Violet will begin previews on March 28th at The American Airlines Theatre on 42nd street. The show will officially open April 20th.
No other casting has been announced at this time.
Violet made its New York premiere Off-Broadway in 1997 at Playwright’s Horizon. The production was nominated for multiple awards and went on to win the Obie Award and Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical as well as the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. This production of Violet coming to Broadway is based on the 2013 Encores! Off-Center production which Foster starred in earlier this year. All the pictures in this blog post are also from that production.
The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman who directed the Encores! production as well earlier this year. The production will also feature choreography by Jeffrey Page. Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red‘s original orchestrations will be used and executed by Michael Rafter who is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes David Zinn as scenic designer, Mark Barton as lighting designer, Clint Ramos as costume design and Leon Rothenberg as sound designer.
While barely any information has been released regarding the Broadway premiere of Violet, Luner on Theatre will be bringing you coverage all the up until opening night and beyond! Stick with us as we cover this exciting second musical for Roundabout Theatre Company and return to Broadway for Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. For more information, visit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!