It's official! Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will return to the Great White Way in Violet. As Broadway.com previously reported, the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley-penned musical will play the American Airlines Theatre this spring. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the Roundabout Theatre Company production will begin on March 28 and play a limited engagement through August 10. Opening night is set for April 20.
The Roundabout production will be based on last summer's New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert of Violet, which also starred Foster and was directed by Silverman. That one-night-only engagement featured Joshua Henry and also included Van Hughes, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele, Chris Sullivan, Rema Webb and Paul Whitty with the gospel choir, Songs of Solomon. Full casting for Violet's Broadway's incarnation will be announced shortly.
Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.
Foster is a two‐time Tony Award winner for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has also appeared on the Great White Way in Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Les Miserables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease. She also headlined the short-lived ABC Family series Bunheads.
Violet will feature choreography by Jeffrey Page, set designs by David Zinn, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Original orchestrations will be by Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red with music direction by Michael Rafter.
Watch a clip of Foster in the Encores! production of Violet below.