Tony Award winner Levi Kreis will join the cast of Violet as The Preacher beginning July 1. Kreis steps in for Ben Davis, who will play his final performance on June 29. The Roundabout revival, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell.
Kreis returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in Million Dollar Quartet, for which he received a Tony Award in 2010. His additional stage credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, One Red Flower and Rent. On screen, he has appeared in Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words and Silencers.
Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a young woman’s Greyhound bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. She travels in the hopes that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. The musical follows her quest for beauty amidst the race and image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s.
In addition to Foster, Henry, Donnell and Davis, the cast of Violet includes Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Emerson Steele and Rema Webb. The limited engagement will run through August 10 at the American Airlines Theatre.