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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.


SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS to Make UK Debut at the Union Theatre, Aug 15-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

For the first time, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations, will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on Friday 15 August and press night on Tuesday 19 August at 7.30pm, it was announced today. On sale now. (more...)

Sutton Foster, Sandi Patty, Vienna Boys Choir & More Set for Enlow Hall's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall (Enlow Hall) at Kean University proudly presents the 2014-2015 concert season featuring a line-up of 11 performances. This season celebrates five years of bringing the world's leading musicians in classical, jazz, pop and world music to our stage. (more...)

Iron Violet Stage to Present Staged Reading of BIRTHDAY PIE, 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The stage unit of Iron Violet Productions, Iron Violet Stage, in association with Denman Turner Entertainment Group, will present a staged reading of 'Birthday Pie', written by best-selling author, and playwright, Arthur Wooten on September 29th, 2014, at 7:30 PM. (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...)

Tyne Daly, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Alec Baldwin, David Henry Hwang and More Set for 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's On This Day - July 22, 2014
by - Jul 22, 2014

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (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...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/15/14 - Jenkins Back in NEWSIES, LADY DAY & HEDWIG on the Shelves, Menzel Goes MLB and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 15, 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: Capathia Jenkins returns to NEWSIES as 'Medda', we can add two new Original Cast Recordings to our collection -- LADY DAY and HEDWIG -- and Idina Menzel performs at tonight's MBL All-Star Game! (more...)

Quartet of Broadway, West End Talent to Lead KISS ME, KATE at BBC Proms This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Following the enormous success of the semi-staged performance of My Fair Lady at the Proms in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate. Joining John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, Broadway stalwarts Ben Davis, Alexandra Silber, Tony Yazbeck and West End star Louise Dearman lead the cast in an irreverent reworking of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew -- a play within a play. This is the BBC Proms debut for all four performers as they sing the energetic score in its original 1948 arrangement. (more...)

Tory Burch for Fitbit Accessories Collection Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Fitbit, Inc., the leader in the fast-growing Connected Health and Fitness category, and Tory Burch, a luxury lifestyle brand, today launched the highly anticipated Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection. Designed exclusively for the Fitbit Flex wireless activity and sleep tracker, the collection includes an elegant brass pendant and bracelet, as well as patterned silicone wristbands perfect for everyday style. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/13/14
by - Jul 14, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 7/13/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/14
by - Jul 14, 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, 7/13/2014. (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: July 14-20
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 14, 2014

Welcome to BroadwayWorld's: The Broadway Ticket Buying Guide. Below, you will find weekly updates on full priced tickets, discounts, availability for the hottest productions, and locations for shows playing the Great White Way! Catch up on all the latest stats so that you can see your favorite productions at the best price! (And make it there on time). (more...)

It Should Be Loved! SIDE SHOW is Broadway Bound - Reviews, Pics, Videos & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 14, 2014

In preparation of a possible Broadway opening, BroadwayWorld brings you a recap of the show's success in both San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center! (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: July 14-20, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 14, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of July 7-13, 2014. (more...)

Azudi Onyejekwe and Rodrick Covington to Star in THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN Concert at NYMF, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Moldy Fig Productions, LCC present THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN, a one night only concert event. With Book by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio & Dominic Taylor; Music and Lyrics by Kevin Ray; and Additional Story by Suellen Vance, the concert will be directed by Lee Summers and is set for Tuesday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Latest Trailer for MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Off-Broadway
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2014

The creators of MIGHTY REAL A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL have been hard at work preparing for the opening of the show, and you can check out a new trailer below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret Series Showcases Some of Signature's Best, Including Driscoll, Olivera, and Smith
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 13, 2014

As a bit of a musical theatre geek, admittedly one of the things I look forward to the most each summer in DC is the Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret series at our very own Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. These ones were winners! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Stars Arrive at Broadway Barks 16, Part One
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 13, 2014

The 16th Annual Broadway Barks took place yesterday, July 12, in Shubert Alley. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, this star-studded dog and cat adoption event featured celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Stars Arrive at Broadway Barks 16, Part Two
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 13, 2014

The 16th Annual Broadway Barks took place yesterday, July 12, in Shubert Alley. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, this star-studded dog and cat adoption event featured celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 13, 2014

Alysha Umphress returned to Signature to wow local audiences again with her powerful voice, but this time in a solo cabaret as part of the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Nights cabaret series. (more...)

Claybourne Elder & Brynn O'Malley to Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony AwardŽ-winning musical (more...)

RIFFNOTES Set for NYMF, 7/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Prospect Theater Company will present RIFFNOTES: The Musical as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Performances will be held on Friday, July 25 at 1pm and Saturday, July 26 at 11am at The PTC Performance Space (555 W. 42nd Street). The announcement was made today by Cara Reichel and Melissa Huber, Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director of Prospect Theater Company. (more...)

Dark Secret Love Wins an IndieFab Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

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SIDE SHOW Producers in Talks to Bring Re-Imagined Production to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

According to The New York Times, three sources in the theater industry have confirmed that producers of the re-imagined production, currently playing The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through July 13, are in talks to bring the show to Broadway - as early as this fall. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle & More Join 2014 BROADWAY BARKS Lineup!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

BROADWAY BARKS announces their 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event featuring celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will take place on Saturday, July 12 in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. where you can meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide will take place between 5-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (more...)

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