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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.


FringeNYC Announces 2016 Overall Excellence Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Winners of the 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards were announced by festival Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy during a brief ceremony at drom in New York. (more...)

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from July 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2016

Outskirts Press, a full-service self-publishing and book marketing service provider, today announced its top ten titles from July. (more...)

Spotlight Theatre Presents SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2016

What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian's mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory. (more...)

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO FLASH: BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER Digital Trading Cards!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The folks over at Barrington Stage Company are having so much fun with Broadway Bounty Hunter that they've created some digital trading cards for the all of the characters in the show! (more...)

Theatre in Historic Places: THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS at El Molino Viejo
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 25, 2016

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to enjoy an evening of theatre outdoors in one of the area's loveliest and most unique venues - El Molino Viejo, The Old Mill, in San Marino. I'd never been there before, but since I love historic buildings and grew up on Sunday afternoon westerns, I was immediately intrigued by an invitation to see THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS in the mill's garden courtyard. (more...)

Pageant Princess Will Strut Its Stuff at NYNW Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Violet Productions Presents, Pageant Princess, The Musical as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival, August 31st, 7pm/Elektra Theatre Tickets $21.25 (for tickets visit www.NYNWTheatreFestival.com) (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Lauren Molina, Bri Sudia and More in Highlights of WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fieldsand Jerome Chodorov.  Watch highlights of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Splashy Artwork Revealed for Sutton Foster-Led SWEET CHARITY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The New Group recently announced a two-week extension for Sweet Charity, the production launching the company's 2016-2017 Season, and revealed new artwork for the show along with the great news - check it out below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lauren Molina, Bri Sudia and More in Rehearsal for Goodman Theatre's WONDERFUL TOWN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comdenand Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fieldsand Jerome Chodorov. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the rehearsal photos below! (more...)

Casting Set for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Hypocrites has announced casting for its second production of its 20th Anniversary season, the world premiere of CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES. (more...)

Sutton Foster-Led SWEET CHARITY Extends Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Due to demand, The New Group has announced a two-week extension for Sweet Charity, the production launching the company's 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Chicago's Aaron Burr Remixes HAMILTON's 'The Reynolds Pamphlet'
by Stage Tube - Aug 22, 2016

As previously announced, two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will lead the Chicago company of Hamilton as 'Aaron Burr', starting next month. Over the weekend, he posted a beautiful remix of 'The Reynolds Pamphlet' from the musical, and you can check it out below, plus weigh in on which tune he should remix next! (more...)

Photo Coverage: (mostly)musicals Takes a ROAD TRIP at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

After a 3 month absence, (mostly)musicals made a long-awaited return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 15 with ROAD TRIP, the company's 18th entry in a series of themed cabarets. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the event below! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, September 12, 2016
by TV Scoop - Aug 22, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, September 12, 2016! (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC to play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Single tickets for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien, go on-sale on Thursday, September 1. This lavish new production will make its San Jose premiere November 8-13, 2016 at the Center for the Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose) as part of a North American tour. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes PARAMOUR Star Jeremy Kushnier
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 22, 2016

Kushnier made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Ren McCormack in the 1998 production of FOOTLOOSE. He went on to star on Broadway in RENT, JERSEY BOYS, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He was a part of the original New York company of SHEAR MADDNESS, and he can currently be seen in PARAMOUR, Cirque Du Soliel's first-ever Broadway production. (more...)

Photo Flash: WORLD PREMIERE BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 20, 2016

The world premiere of Broadway Bounty Hunter, took place at Barrington Stage Company last night and Broadwayworld was there for the opening night festivities at the Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill, The Black Suits, Bloodsong of Love), book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin (author of Denton Little's Deathdate) and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Off Broadway: Once Upon A Mattress), and choreography by Jeffrey Page (Broadway's Violet). Joel Waggoner (BSC's Presto Change-O, Southern Comfort) serves as music director. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The hills are alive! Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on Friday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. This lavish new production runs Dec. 13-18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as part of a North American tour. (more...)

Cast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for A LIFE, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Adam Bock (A Small Fire and The Drunken City at Playwrights, The Receptionist, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows). Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime, Detroit, Maple and Vine at Playwrights; You Got Older; Belleville; This Wide Night; Smokefall), A LIFE will be the second production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Vintage Theatre to Present ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA This Fall in Aurora
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Vintage Theatre presents 'Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka' September 16 through October 30, at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. (more...)

Skylight Music Theatre Presents Milwaukee Premiere of VIOLET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

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ANAIS NIN GOES TO HELL to Return to the 14th Street Y This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Works and Goode Productions in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, present the return of Anais Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallings (Outstanding Original Full-Length Script, Dark Water - NY IT Awards), directed by Antonio Minino (Outstanding Director nominee,Scene/Unseen - PCTF Awards), as part of The Theater Series at The 14th Street Y. (more...)

Outstanding Music Line-Up at BuskerFest!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Organizers of the 17th annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy are pleased to present a rich line-up ofoutstanding musical acts among the more than 100 performers from Canada and around the world performing over Labour Day Weekend, September 2-5 at Woodbine Park in The Beach neighbourhood. (more...)

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company to Perform 'PLAY AND PLAY' at SUNY Binghamton
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The award-winning choreographer, MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of the Arts recipient, Bill T. Jones brings his company, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company to SUNY Binghamton to present his mesmerizing Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music on September 24, 7:30PM at the Anderson Center at SUNY Binghamton. (more...)

Scoop: OWN September Highlights
by TV Scoop - Aug 17, 2016

Get all the scoop on OWN September Highlights (more...)

Actors Co-Op Presents First Show of 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the first show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder and directed by Richard Israel.  OUR TOWN will preview on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 23 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory Takes Up Residency at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Playwrights Horizons today announced Musical Theatre Factory as the second theater company to join its Resident Company Program. (more...)

Annie Golden, Tina Packer and Anne K. Mulligan Are Guests on This Week's State of the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

This week (Friday, August 19), "Orange is the New Black" actor Annie Golden (inset), stage director Tina Packerand Connecticut Guild Artist Anne K. Mulligan are slated as guests on State of the ARTS, which airs LIVE each Friday from 12noon to 1pm on WPKN-FM (89.5) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Co-hosts of the weekly arts & entertainment program are Richard Pheneger and Peggy Nelson. (more...)

Freeform to Present ALADDIN & More Disney Classics This September
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Fall is fast approaching and with it, a new school year, changing weather and before you know it, the holidays! Take one last relaxing weekend to watch some of your favorite comforting Disney classics during Freeform's Funday programming event (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Producer Kevin McCollum
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 15, 2016

On Monday, August 15, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum. Best known for producing Broadway mega-hits RENT, AVENUE Q, and, IN THE HEIGHTS, McCollum is also know for taking chances on smaller shows and shepherding them to Broadway. He brought THE DROWSY CHAPERONE to Broadway in 2006--it would go on to win five Tony Awards--and [TITLE OF SHOW] to Broadway in 2009. (more...)

Bill T. Jones and Company to Perform in Singapore
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance work, the award-winning choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones presents the world premiere of his latest talking solo Making & Doing at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016 - BWW Review: 9 to 5, Assembly, 13 August
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 14, 2016

Daily grind getting you down? Chauvinistic bosses passing you over? Ladies, fight back! Based on the cult 80s movie with the one-and-only Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is a real feel-good musical. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Joe Iconis Gives Preview of New Musical BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER
by Stage Tube - Aug 14, 2016

Just ahead of previews, Broadway Bounty Hunter writer, Joe Iconis gives viewers a sneak peek into his 'future Tony Award-winning' musical.  Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill, The Black Suits, Bloodsong of Love), book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin (author of Denton Little's Deathdate) and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Off Broadway: Once Upon A Mattress), and choreography by Jeffrey Page (Broadway's Violet). Joel Waggoner (BSC's Presto Change-O, Southern Comfort) serves as music director. (more...)

Director Departs BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER, Starring Annie Golden; First Preview Canceled at Barrington
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) announced today that due to creative differences, Leah C. Gardiner has parted ways with Broadway Bounty Hunter. (more...)

AUBERGINE Starts Previews Next Week at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Previews begin next Friday, August 19 at 8PM for the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere production of AUBERGINE, a new play by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Julia Cho (BFE at Playwrights, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Architecture of Loss). (more...)

THE PASSING SEASON, Featuring Stage Stars, to Premiere at RIIFF
by TV News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Starring Tony nominee Brian J. Smith (Sense8, Quantico, The Glass Managerie - Broadway), Gayle Rankin (Cabaret - Broadway, The Meyerowitz Stories - dir. Noah Baumbach), Patrick Murney, Elizabeth Alderfer and Nick Choksi, THE PASSING SEASON premieres this week at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the same week during which its director Gabriel Long moves back to his home state via Brooklyn, NY. (more...)

Spotlight Theatre presents SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER August 26 - September 24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian's mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents A Special One-Night-Only Free Performance of FULLY COMMITTED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company presents an evening of nonstop laughs with the comedy FULLY COMMITTED by BECKY MODE, a FREE one-night only performance starring JOEY SPONSELLER and directed by the award-winning RICHARD ISRAEL on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. This highly energetic, witty and frenetic play follows Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's premier restaurant. Sam is caught between coercion, threats, bribes and histrionics - with a cast of desperate callers who will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Amid the barrage, Sam's got his own needs to contend with - his recently widowed dad wants him home for the holidays, and he's up for a chance part at Lincoln Center. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, Sam must learn how to look out for himself. But can he?  (more...)

BWW Interview: Liza Vann in IAGO at NJ Rep
by Marina Kennedy - Aug 12, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Liza Vann who will play Vivacity in James McLure's IAGO. Directed by the SuzAnne Barabas, the show will be performed at New Jersey Repertory Theatre from August 25th to September 25th. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Joshua Henry to Star in Benefit Performance of THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

 It was announced today Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry will star in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. Produced by SubCulture and Jason Robert Brown, the evening will take place at Town Hall (123 West 43rd St), and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Brady Center, the national organization determined to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. (more...)

Robert Sean Leonard to Be Crowned in CAMELOT at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Tony Award-winning actor Robert Sean Leonard, best known for tv's 'House,' film's 'Dead Poet's Society,' and Broadway's 'The Invention of Love' and 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' will portray King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's 'Camelot,' a freshly inventive take on the classic musical, at Westport Country Playhouse, October 4 - 30. (more...)

Kevin Hart And HartBeat Productions Announce Full Lineup For Third Annual HartBeat Weekend At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

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Mike Mills CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, ROCK BAND AND ORCHESTRA Out October 14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, the first-ever classical work composed and performed by R.E.M. bassist and songwriter Mike Mills, is set for its recorded release October 14 on Orange Mountain Music. Mills composed the piece for his longtime friend and new musical collaborator, critically acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffie, with whom Mills has been close since the two grew up up together in Macon, GA. The pair is joined on the recording by the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble conducted by Ward Stare, made up of students from the award-winning Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. (more...)

Mike Mills of R.E.M.'s 'Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra' Out This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, the first-ever classical work composed and performed by R.E.M. bassist and songwriter Mike Mills, is set for its recorded release October 14 on Orange Mountain Music. (more...)

CBS Offers 'Refresher Course' on Season Finales Prior to Fall Debuts
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Need a refresher on what happened in last season's finales? The following has all the information you need, plus a glimpse of what the future holds this coming season on CBS. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage to Present SIGNIFICANT OTHER This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

From September 9 to October 8, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present SIGNIFICANT OTHER, a sharply observed new comedy about the challenges of finding love and letting go, written by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon. (more...)

BWW Blog: Allison Rambler - Come Look At the Freaks: Who They Are
by Allison Rambler - Aug 10, 2016

As the opening night of The Belmont Theater's 'Side Show' quickly approaches, the activity in the black box studio has increased ten-fold. The set is becoming more elaborate, the swell of music from the orchestra now fills the air, and the costumes are coming together piece by piece. Tech week has begun, and it can both an exciting and somewhat stressful time for any production. As an actor, it can sometimes be difficult to lose sight of your character and even the meaning behind the show itself among the bustle and flurry of tech week. That is why I felt that the time had come to interview some of the actors in our show, in order to provide a bit of insight into their characters and to explain from their perspective the importance of a musical such as 'Side Show.' And for Nik Olson, this was no small task. (more...)

BWW Review: Colors Fly in BalletMet's New BECOMING VIOLET Video Project
by Amanda Etchison - Aug 10, 2016

Although its 2016-17 season is not set to begin until September, some dancers from BalletMet are adding color to the summer with a new video project. (more...)

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