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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.


Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - ONCE!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 8, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's ONCE below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: August 2-8
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 8, 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 Public Theatre's KING LEAR, Constantine Maroulis' return to ROCK OF AGES, the opening of the Off-Broadway production of PHOENIX, and more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Can't Sit Still at FOOTLOOSE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 8, 2014

Early in the first act of the Tom Snow - Dean Pitchford 1998 musical Footloose, Ren declares his passion for dancing - 'I can't sit still' - and, indeed, by the end of the evening at the Pickard Theatre, the audience for Maine State Music Theatre echoes his mantra. They are cheering, swaying, and shouting to the music, and embracing the exuberant, touching message of this show. Directed and choreographed brilliantly by Patti Colombo (assisted by Karl Warden) and performed by a dynamic cast, this fourth and final production of MSMT's 2014 season dazzles and delights. (more...)

Guthrie Theater Presents One-On-One Conversation with Leigh Silverman and Joel Sass, 8/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

The Guthrie Theater, in partnership with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, today announced it will host a one-on-one conversation with Tony Award-nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet on Broadway), director of The Heidi Chronicles which kicks off the Guthrie's 2014-2015 thrust season, and Joel Sass, director of the Guthrie's current hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on August 25 at 7:30pm at the Dowling Studio. (more...)

Say Hello to the Freak Show! Photo and Video Roundup of Broadway-Bound SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, the much-talked about dazzling new production of SIDE SHOW will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, it was announced today in New York City. It will be directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters), making his Broadway directorial debut in an exciting new staging of the musical. SIDE SHOW will begin previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17. (more...)

Poster Art Unveiled For Broadway Revival Of SIDE SHOW & Website Launched
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 6, 2014

Dazzling new poster art and an official website has been unveiled for the just-announced 2014 Broadway revival of cult musical SIDE SHOW and is now available to view. (more...)

Mark & Mary's Debut Album 'I Line My Days Along Your Weight' Out 10/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

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SIDE SHOW to Open at Broadway's St. James Theatre This Fall; Erin Davie and Emily Padgett to Star!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The much-talked about dazzling new production of SIDE SHOW will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, it was announced today in New York City. It will be directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters), making his Broadway directorial debut in an exciting new staging of the musical. SIDE SHOW will begin previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17. (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon. (more...)

BCCT to Present WILLY WONKA at Historic Strand Theater, 8/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Come get your Golden Tickets and savor the delectable tale of a famous chocolate maker's journey to find an heir to his vast factory and fortune! Share in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Roald Dahl's timeless classic "Willy Wonka" on stage, presented by BCCT at the Historic Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood, NJ. The show runs this weekend--August 8, 9 and 10--with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and two matinee shows at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (more...)

Steep Theatre's 14th Season to Feature Regional Premieres and Directors Jonathan Berrie, Joanie Schultz, and Robin Witt
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Steep Theatre's upcoming Fourteenth Season features a slate of four premieres directed by a lineup of Chicago's hottest directors. Steep Artistic Associates Jonathan Berry, Joanie Schultz, and Robin Witt, who have accounted for some of Steep's most memorable shows in recent years, return home to direct this season. (more...)

Emmy Preview: BroadwayWorld Staff and Fans Predict Emmy Winners!
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 22, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will come to you from the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on NBC on Monday, August 25th live at 8:00pm. All week, BWW has been spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. If you want to follow along and interact with all of BroadwayWorld's Emmy coverage, check out #BWWEmmys on Twitter or visit our BWW Emmy Coverage Home. (more...)

BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 21, 2014

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year. (more...)

Dee Hoty, Paul Schoeffler and More to Star in Walnut Street Theatre's 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews on September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA! below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 20th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 20, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. A BIC 'Beautiful' announcement, dates confirmed for Estefan musical 'On Your Feet,' both versions of 'The Wild Party' get local productions, Porchlight sings Disney, 'Toulouse' takes a stage, Tony winners Levi Kreis and Chita Rivera set solo dates here, and much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Erin Davie & Emily Padgett Prep for Broadway-Bound SIDE SHOW's First Photo Shoot
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

As previously announced, the much-talked about dazzling new production of SIDE SHOW will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon, and starring Erin Davie and Emily Padgett. Today, Davie tweeted a sneak peek at the pair's upcoming photo shoot for the Broadway-bound show's key art - check out the photo below! (more...)

Oracle Theatre Presents Limited Engagement of THE MARCH OF THE BONUS ARMY, 9/4-14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Oracle Theatre Inc. is proud to present Isaac Rathbone's historical drama THE MARCH OF THE BONUS ARMY. Director Cindy Rosenthal guides the production's cast through a two-weekend run beginning September 4th. (more...)

TBS to Air Season One of CBS Comedy MOM
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Mom, the award-winning CBS comedy starring Anna Faris and Emmy(R) winner Allison Janney, is coming to TBS for a special four-week run designed to build excitement for the show's second season. (more...)

AMC's THE WALKING DEAD 'VIOLENT VINYL' Edition Released
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Pop-culture provocateurs SPACELAB9 have teamed up with DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS for a comic book shop exclusive deluxe edition vinyl LP for the official soundtrack to multi-award winning fan-favorite drama series AMC's THE WALKING DEAD. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

Ben Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Nikki M. James, Keala Settle and More Join Andrew Kober in KOBERET Tonight at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Andrew Kober's KOBERET tonight, August 18th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Anthony Rapp, Natalie Weiss & More to Celebrate New Musical Film GRIND at 54 Below, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

54 BELOW will host a special concert to celebrate the soundtrack to GRIND: THE MOVIE - the new short musical film - on September 1. Artists performing the songs of Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin - who provided the film's five new numbers - include Anthony Rapp (If/Then, Rent), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Calvin Grant (Rent), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), Matt Shingledecker (Rent, West Side Story, Spring Awakening), Danny Blu (Lead singer of 'The Factory Blu'),? Pasha Pellosie ('The Carrie Diaries'), Drew Brody (Singer/Songwriter) and more. The album's digital exclusive will be available on iTunes and other online outlets on Tuesday, August 26. The 35 minute short film - written and directed by Zachary Halley - will be available to view online at GrindShortFilm.com on October 1, where the exclusive trailer is currently available. The soundtrack - presented by Chemically Altered, Telly Leung Productions and Yellow Sound Label - is produced by Telly Leung and Michael Croiter. (more...)

Elizabeth Reaser Joins MCC Theater's THE MONEY SHOT; Performances Begin 9/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Screen and stage star Elizabeth Reaser, best known for her performances in the blockbuster Twilight film franchise and her season-long arc on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will step into its upcoming production of The Money Shot for the departing Heather Graham, who exits the production due to a late-breaking opportunity to begin production on a passion project. (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, September 8, 2014
by TV Scoop - Aug 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, September 8, 2014! (more...)

Robin de Jesus, Laura Dreyfuss, Jason Gotay and More Set for TWENTY-SOMETHINGS 2 Concert at Highline Ballroom Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Twenty-Somethings 2, a concert featuring the music of songwriters Drew Overcash, Blake Pfeil and Zoe Sarnak, will be held tonight, August 18 at the Highline Ballroom. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Broadway Star Sutton Foster on Utah, Her Upcoming Concerts at BYU, and More!
by Tyler Hinton - Aug 16, 2014

Two-time Tony Award winner (and six-time nominee) Sutton Foster is coming to Utah! Direct from her critically acclaimed turn in Violet on Broadway, she will be gracing the stage of Brigham Young University's de Jong Concert Hall as part of its BRAVO! professional performing arts series, on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6, 2014. For more information and to buy tickets, visit arts.byu.edu. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

After a national search, Playwrights Horizons announced today the appointment of Kyle Sircus as the institution's new Director of Marketing. Beginning Monday, September 22, Mr. Sircus will join the acclaimed theater company direct from Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, CA, where he currently serves as Marketing Manager, a position created especially for him in July 2012. Mr. Sircus will lead the theater company's seven-person Marketing Department. (more...)

Avis-Marie Barnes, James Beaman & More Set for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 26th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF announces partial casting for the seven productions in its 2014-2015 Signature Series. Following an extensive nationwide search, Artistic Director Jim Helsinger has handpicked a talented group of Broadway veterans and local favorites to bring the Theater's 26th Season to life. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- KINKY BOOTS!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 15, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's KINKY BOOTS below! (more...)

FringeNYC Adds Performances of CHEMISTRY, THE FLOOD and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

By popular demand (and venue availability), the 18th annual The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, announces additional performances for 5 of its sold out shows. (more...)

Music of Conrad Cummings Set for TWO PREMIERES AND A REUNION at The National Opera Center, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

American Opera Projects and LivelyWorks present Two Premieres and a Reunion, a special evening of music by composer Conrad Cummings Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. (more...)

Broadway Bound and Studio One's Summerlin Dance Academy to Present 9 TO 5, 9/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Broadway Bound and Studio One's Summerlin Dance Academy will present the theater production of 9 To 5 The Musical at the Summerlin Library Theater September 12 - 27, 2014 for twelve memorable performances, including matinee and evening show times, sponsored and supported by the Rudy Foundation. (more...)

Michael D. Dennis Announces Book Signing In West Hollywood, Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

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Photo Coverage: Broadway Kids Unite for CABARET FOR A CAUSE!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Aug 13, 2014

Tiffany Schleigh just presented CABARET FOR A CAUSE, a one-night-only event to benefit kef productions and their education program, Story Shifters, on Monday night, August 11. Created in 2010, CABARET FOR A CAUSE brings together young performers from Broadway, film, and television to make a difference and change the lives of young people in need. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

SIDE SHOW Announces Full Broadway Creative Team! Cookie Jordan, Paul Kieve, Charles LaPointe & More Join Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Making his Broadway debut, Director and Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2) just announced his creative 'dream team' behind the look and feel of his critically-lauded reimagining of the musical Side Show which opens on Broadway this fall. (more...)

DarkFuse Presents SURROGATE by David Bernstein and THE LAST MILE by Tim Waggoner
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

DarkFuse will release two novellas in October, both are now available to preorder with a discount through Amazon. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 8/10/14
by - Aug 11, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 8/10/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/11; ALADDIN Breaks Record!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 11, 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, 8/10/2014. (more...)

Tonight's CABARET FOR A CAUSE Features Emma Howard, Emerson Steele, Sam Poon and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Tiffany Schleigh presents CABARET FOR A CAUSE, a one-night-only event to benefit kef productions and their education program, Story Shifters, tonight, August 11th, 2014. Doors open at 6 PM, show begins at 7 PM. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from BROADWAY GETS GLAAD at Joe's Pub - Scott Alan, Natalie Weiss and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 11, 2014

Broadway Gets GLAAD: A Benefit Concert was produced by Kayla Greenspan and August Laska. Music Direction by Mark Galinovsky. On Monday, August 4th, eleven emerging and established Broadway performers starred in Broadway Gets GLAAD, a concert to benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. You can watch all of the performances below! (more...)

Adam Gwon, Sarah Hammond and Deborah Zoe Laufer Join 92Y's Fall 2014 O'Neill Center Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Join O'Neill Center artistic directors Wendy Goldberg, of the National Playwrights Conference, and Paulette Haupt, of the National Music Theater Conference, distinguished alumni Adam Gwon, Sarah Hammond and Deborah Zoe Laufer, and moderator Anne G. Morgan, for a look at the O'Neill's influential role as a theatrical laboratory over the last 50 years. (more...)

SUBMISSIONS ONLY's Kate Wetherhead to Star in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at the Guthrie This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Guthrie Theater today announced casting for the first production on the Wurtele Thrust Stage in the 2014-2015 season, Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. Under the direction of 2014 Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Broadway's Violet, Chinglish, Well), The Heidi Chronicles will feature the talents of Kate Wetherhead, Ben Graney, Tracey Maloney and Zach Shaffer, as well as Sam Bardwell, Eleonore Dendy, Mo Perry and Stacia Rice. (more...)

Scoop: THE MIDDLE on ABC - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
by - Aug 11, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MIDDLE, airing on ABC on Wednesday, August 27, 2014! (more...)

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL to Open Walnut's 206th Anniversary Season,
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 206th season with the wildly entertaining 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this outrageous musical comedy begins previews on September 2nd, opens on September 10th and runs through October 19th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Award-Winning Author Leslie Ann Moore to Appear and Speak at World Science Fiction Convention, 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The 72nd Annual World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon3 2014 London) will host Muse Harbor Publishing's Award-Winning Science Fiction and Fantasy Author, Leslie Ann Moore, as a guest speaker on two nights; Friday, August 15, and Saturday, August 16, 2014. Loncon3 features art, comics, film, literature, music, science, TV and is the home to the 2014 prestigious Hugo Awards. (more...)

Roundabout's VIOLET, Starring Sutton Foster, Closes on Broadway Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 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 conclude sits limited engagement at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre today, Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2:00PM. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 8/9-8/10/2014
by - Aug 10, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014. (more...)

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