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New York, NY
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Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, strongVIOLET/strong
follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman
accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can
cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North
Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young black
soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means
to be an outsider. brbrOne of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the ?90s, strongVIOLET/strong
astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,
toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3343"Jeanine Tesori/a, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3237"Brian Crawley/a
that are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Its
simple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to any
scale production. strongVIOLET /strongfeatures a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.


Anthony Rapp Performs on GRIND: THE MOVIE Soundtrack Produced by Telly Leung, Out 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

CHEMICALLY ALTERED, TELLY LEUNG PRODUCTIONS and YELLOW SOUND LABEL have announced the release of the soundtrack to GRIND: THE MOVIE, the short musical film. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/31/14 - 'RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY', AVENUE Q Hits 11 Years, Chita in THE VISIT, GREASE in STL & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 31, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Off-Broadway is heating up today with BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY and 'REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW' kicking off performances, plus AVENUE Q's interactive 11th Anniversary celebration, and stars are popping up around the country with Chita Rivera in Williamstown's THE VISIT, Taylor Louderman in The Muny's GREASE and more! (more...)

BWW Recap: TEEN WOLF Teaches 'Don't Hate the Beta, Hate the Game'
by Jennifer McHugh - Jul 30, 2014

That was a LOT of information in this week's episode of 'Teen Wolf.' This show can never be accused of having slow episodes, my goodness. (more...)

Kacie Sheik, Jason Gotay, Steel Burkhardt & More Join TWENTY-SOMETHINGS 2 Concert Line-Up at Highline Ballroom, 8/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Additional Broadway performers have joined the line-up for Twenty-Somethings 2, a concert featuring the music of songwriters Drew Overcash, Blake Pfeil and Zoe Sarnak, held on Aug. 18 at the Highline Ballroom. (more...)

BWW JR: Dance Moms and Broadway Kids Perform For a Cause
by Erin Leigh Peck - Jul 29, 2014

Attention Dance Moms and Broadway Kids Fans! Cabaret for a Cause will present a one-night-only concert Aug. 11 at Brooklyn's Galapagos Arts Space to benefit kef productions and their education program, Story Shifters. (more...)

HRT to Present TAMBOURINES TO GLORY, 8/30-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The HRT opens its 2014-15 season with Langston Hughes' TAMBOURINES TO GLORY from August 30th to October 5th. (more...)

Karsh Kale, Puddles Pity Party, John Early, Natasha Diggs and More to Play Joe's Pub, 7/30-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances, July 30 - August 10, 2014. Details below! (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/20/14
by - Jul 28, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/20/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/28
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 7/20/2014. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/27/14
by - Jul 28, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/27/2014. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 28- August 3, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 28- August 3, 2014. (more...)

VIOLET with Sutton Foster Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Violet, starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will conclude its limited engagement at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:00PM. (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 28- August 3
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

Later this week a star-studded revival returns to Broadway- YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Get your tickets now while you can! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, August 18, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 28, 2014

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, August 18, 2014! (more...)

BWW Recaps: It's Been a Hard Day's Bite; Catching up on MTV's TEEN WOLF
by Jennifer McHugh - Jul 28, 2014

Tonight on MTV, we'll be halfway through the first half of Season 4. Where DOES the time go? So what has our favorite Beacon Hills High supernatural gang been up to thus far? (more...)

Scoop: TRUE BLOOD on HBO - Sunday, August 10, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 28, 2014

Get all the scoop on TRUE BLOOD, airing on HBO on Sunday, August 10, 2014! (more...)

RVCA Debuted 2015 Spring Collection at Miami Swim Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

California brands RVCA and Beach Riot joined forces to present their Spring Swim 2015 collections during Miami Swim Week at SOHO Beach House in Miami, Florida. RVCA founder PM Tenore and Beach Riot founder Nicole Hanriot were joined by guests including Ashley Sky and Jessie Andrews in the penthouse of the SOHO Beach House where the crowd enjoyed cocktails and music provided by DJ Chelsea Leyland while viewing the dual presentations from both RVCA and Beach Riots new swimwear collections. (more...)

BDF & Kimmel Center to Present TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) partners with theKimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway cabaret featuring performances by Broadway veterans and emerging local talent. Directed by Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knetchges (Xanadu, Spelling Bee), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT concludes a weeklong musical theatre intensive taught by the industry's top directors, choreographers, and industry professionals. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Take Me Out to the Broadway Ball Game! Broadway Show League Takes Over Central Park
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 24, 2014

The Broadway Show League is back at it this summer in Central Park, bringing some of Broadway's biggest stars to the softball field. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from some of today's games below, which included teams from the casts of Violet, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, After Midnight and more! (more...)

Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin, Callie Thorne, and Frederick Weller Set to Star in Neil LaBute's THE MONEY SHOT at MCC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) just announced that film star Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin, Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne, and Frederick Weller will star in the world premiere of MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute's new play, The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney. Performances for The Money Shot begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on September 4, 2014. An official opening is set for September 22, 2014and it is currently scheduled through October 12, 2014. Tickets are now on sale. For info, please visit www.mcctheater.org. (more...)

Audra McDonald Breaks Billboard Records with LADY DAY Album!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

PS Classics' Original Broadway Cast Recording of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill topped four of the Billboard Charts in its first week of release: #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz and #1 in Heatseekers. According to Billboard, the album is McDonald's highest-charting solo release ever. (more...)

Alice Ripley Set for Broadway @ The Art House, 8/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Alice Ripley won a Tony Award for her leading role in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical "Next to Normal," and was a Tony-nominee for the musical "Side Show" on Broadway. This summer, on August 2 and 3 at 7:00 PM, she joins the star-studded lineup of the celebrated Broadway @ The Art House series, with Jessica Means joining her at piano. For tickets please visit The Art House website, or call 508-487-9222. (more...)

Leigh Silverman, Mark Brokaw, Juliette Carillo & More Set for Sundance Institute's Theatre Directors Retreat in France
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Sundance Institute and the LUMA Foundation today announced that the two organizations will again collaborate to host the second Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, France, July 29 through August 11. The Retreat is one of 10 residential programs hosted by Sundance Institute this summer, collectively representing 15 weeks of support and mentorship for promising independent artists in theatre and film from the United States and around the world. (more...)

Burke Moses, Whitney Bashor, John Hickok & More Join Kathleen Marshall's UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at Denver Center Theatre Company; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

The Denver Center Theatre Company today announced the complete cast and creative team for the highly anticipated new adaptation of Meredith Willson's classic musical, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Based on the book by Richard Morris, the revitalized production will feature a new book and additional lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and showcase never before heard songs from Willson's prolific body of work with musical adaptation by Michael Rafter (Violet). The production opens for previews on September 12 in The Stage Theatre and will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). (more...)

Alec Baldwin, David Henry Hwang and More Covered at the 92Y in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

92Y celebrates all things Theater -- plays, musicals (including theater's sister, movie musicals), songwriters, actors, playwrights -- even Broadway ghosts! (more...)

Alex Bourne, Yvette Robinson & More to Star in New Wolsey Theatre's MIDSUMMER SONGS; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

From Thursday 4 to Saturday 27 September 2014, Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre presents the World Premiere of their brand new musical MIDSUMMER SONGS by Peter Rowe and Ben Goddard. The full cast of actor-musicians has been announced today. (more...)

BWW TV: Craige Els Announced as New 'Miss Trunchbull' in West End's MATILDA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 21, 2014

Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London. Matilda has now been seen by almost 1.5million people since it transferred to the West End in October 2011. The production was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. Tickets are now on sale until Sunday 24 May 2015. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 21-27, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 21-27, 2014. (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, August 11, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 21, 2014

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, August 11, 2014! (more...)

Children's Musical Theater San Jose Presents SIDE SHOW at Montgomery Theater, 7/25 - 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Straight off the musical sheets of Grammy award winning composer Henry Krieger, CMT San Jose will present another of his musical works, Side Show, running July 25 to August 3 at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose. (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, August 4, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 21, 2014

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, August 4, 2014! (more...)

Target's "Best Year Ever" YouTube Series Sends College Students to School in Style
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

"Target caters to college students who are creating and designing their own space for the first time," said Rick Gomez, senior vice president, Marketing, Target. "We have the right products at great prices, and our video series is full of entertaining inspiration and ideas for stylish, small-space living." (more...)

IT'S JUST SEX to Play Secret Rose Theater, 8/22-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

After over 2 Years of sold out performances in Los Angeles, and 11 months Off-Broadway in New York City, It's Just Sex, the original, acclaimed, award-winning comedy about partner-swapping couples, makes its return to LA. Written by Jeff Gould and directed by Rick Shaw, It's Just Sex will open on Friday, August 22nd and run through Sunday, October 26th at The Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/20/14
by - Jul 21, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/20/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/21
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 7/20/2014. (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 21-27
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Later this week, Broadway bids adieu to George and Lenny and OF MICE AND MEN takes final bows at the Longacre Theatre. Catch it now before it's gone for good! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: VIOLET Cast Celebrates 100th Performance on Broadway!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 18, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting the Violet, which plays a strictly limited engagement at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) through August 10, 2014. Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by Brian Crawley and direction by Leigh Silverman. Violet is produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. The show just celebrated its 100th performance and you can check out an exclusive photo from backstage below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 12-18
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 18, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include the 16th Annual Broadway Barks, Malcolm Gets' upcoming 54 Below concert, a first look at Andrew Rannells in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and more! (more...)

Jaime Pressly Set for Recurring Role on CBS' MOM
by TV News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jaime Pressly has landed a 'major' recurring role on CBS' comedy MOM, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at TUTS: Bawdy And Big-Hearted
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Jul 18, 2014

BWW Reviews: TUTS' THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS At TUTS (more...)

Mount Tremper Arts to Present 600 Highwaymen's EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, 8/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Mount Tremper Arts presents the Obie award-winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN's Employee of the Year. (more...)

Brett Garcia Rose Releases Latest Novel 'Noise'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Brett Garcia Rose announced today that his latest novel Noise is now available for sale in eBook and paperback. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Martin Charnin Come to WPPAC for 'Creating Broadway' Series This Summer, Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The White Plains Performing Arts Center Conservatory Theatre has announced the premiere of the Creating Broadway Series. This series will spotlight top-notch Broadway artists showcasing the talents that got them to the Great White Way. The series will be presented in the form of concerts, master classes, lectures and workshops. Whether participating or observing, these events promise to be amazing opportunities for teaching and learning for theatre enthusiasts and professionals of all levels. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/17/14 - VIOLET Hits 100, Durang as 'Vanya', INTO THE WOODS in San Diego and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 17, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Violet marks 100 performances, Christopher Durang is 'Vanya' tonight at Bucks County, INTO THE WOODS reappears in San Diego, and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: VIOLET's Emma Howard Meets with Camp Broadway Kids
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jul 16, 2014

Camp Broadway's Original Summer Program for theater-loving kids, ages 10-17, began earlier this week and continues through Friday July 18, 2014. The week-long program will immerse campers in an authentic Broadway rehearsal process that culminates in a Family Finale presentation on Friday, July 18. Inspired by Broadway's cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, Camp Broadway is designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences. BroadwayWorld was on hand for today's workshop with Violet's Emma Howard and you can check out photos below! (more...)

VIDEO: Alice Ripley & Joanna Gleason Cameo in 'Mastermind' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

Next to Normal's Alice Ripley and her fellow Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason are featured in a new music video for the song 'Mastermind,' written by Aaron David Gleason, Joanna's son. (more...)

Adriane Lenox, Ken Page & More Set for 54 SINGS THE WIZ on 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, celebrates the Tony Award-winning musical, The Wiz, with '54 Below Sings The Wiz,' part of the '54 Sings Series.' '54 Below Sings The Wiz' will play two performances only: Sunday, August 10 at 7PM and 9:30PM. To make a reservation, visit www.54below.com. Cover starts at $50. $25 food & beverage minimum. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The "Alley Theatre @ UH" season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Ciara Renee, Natalie Weiss & More Set for Broadway Gets GLAAD Benefit Concert at Joe's Pub, 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, eleven emerging and established Broadway performers will star in Broadway Gets GLAAD, a concert to benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. (more...)

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