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The Violet Hour - 2003 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

It's April 1st, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office. With only enough capital to put out one book, John finds himself besieged by two authors. Denny McCleary, John's brash and gifted college friend, has produced a manuscript so unruly it lives in a trio of crates. He's fallen in love with the enchanting heiress Rosamund Plinth, and if John doesn't agree to publish his book today, he'll lose her forever. But John is also being strenuously lobbied by Jessie Brewster, the popular black jazz singer who is also John's very secret mistress. She's written her memoirs and is determined to have her story known. As John temporizes with these two, another drama is playing out in the anteroom: A machine of mysterious provenance and purpose has arrived and is spewing out stacks of pages while John's hapless assistant, Gidger, strives vainly to stem the flood and leaves John to ponder if knowing the future will allow him to change it? THE VIOLET HOUR was commissioned and originally produced by South Coast Repertory, and had its Broadway debut in November, 2003.

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by Stephi Wild - Sep 25, 2019
Host Winnifred Coombe (CAROLINE KINGSLEY), a Victorian spiritualist and magical traveler, transcends time and space to bring you aboard her inter-dimensional spacecraft for a SPECIAL WORKSHOP EDITION of THE VIOLET HOUR. Winnifred welcomes earthly guests ALEX MOFFAT (Saturday Night Live) and Chef EMMA JANE GONZALEZ, with standup from CHARLIE BARDEY and music by MICHA (Joe's Pub, NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts).
by Julie Musbach - Sep 17, 2019
Gingold Theatrical Group continues the 14th Season of Project Shaw, Art as Activism: A Theatrical Survival Guide, a special series of evenings of plays that embrace human rights and free speech. All of GTG's programming, inspired by the works of George Bernard Shaw, are designed to provoke peaceful discussion and activism.
by Stage Tube - Sep 12, 2018
Today, Amazon Prime Video released the key art and official series trailer for the highly anticipated original contemporary anthology series, The Romanoffs, set to premiere on Friday, October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. This is the first anthology series for Amazon Prime Video that will roll out on a weekly basis. The Romanoffs will be available initially in the original version in over 200 countries and territories, with dubbed foreign language versions coming in early 2019.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 28, 2019
Theater J's 2019 Annual Benefit Performance is an unforgettable evening of musical theater at the newly renovated Edlavitch DCJCC on November 18 at 6:30 PM. The centerpiece of the event, which also includes food, drink, and socializing, is a special musical performance of After Anatevka: a Novel Based on a?oeFiddler on the Roofa?? written and performed by Grammy-nominated artist and author Alexandra Silber. Silber, who has appeared in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (directed by Bartlett Sher) and the West End, imagines what happens to Sholem Alecheim's beloved characters of Fiddler on the Roof after they step off stage. The performance features new songs composed by some of the top rising talent in musical theater today and sung by the gifted Silber, who recently played Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Olney Theatre Center.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2021
THE VIOLET HOUR is back at Caveat! With our planet literally on fire, Winnifred Coombe is back to help us humans save ourselves – or at least help us enjoy the heck out of our last breaths on this little blue sphere.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2020
The newly released election satire Presidential Conversations by beltway lawyer turned author and lyricist George S. Corey provides some much needed levity in the march to November 3.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2021
Prospect Theater Company has announced two special one-night-only concert performances of new musical theater work at NYC’s Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). On Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30pm the company presents REIGNITE, an evening of new songs from works-in-process by an exciting lineup of emerging and established writers.
by Julie Musbach - Nov 5, 2018
The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company will present the fourteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Will Reynolds and Eric Price. The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, will be presented by Alan Cumming on Monday, November 26th from 6-8pm at a by-invitation-only ceremony in the Penthouse Lounge of The American Airlines Theater.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 5, 2018
City Theatre (@citytheatremia) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) are proud to present WINTER SHORTS, America's Short Play Winter Festival. WINTER SHORTS, the festive version of City Theatre's renowned Summer Shorts: America's Short Play Festival, runs from December 6-23 in the Arsht Center's intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), under the direction of City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 4, 2019
Host Winnifred Coombe (CAROLINE KINGSLEY), a Victorian spiritualist and magical traveler, transcends time and space to bring you aboard her inter-dimensional spacecraft for THE VIOLET HOUR. Winnifred's earthly guests this month include Tony-nominated Broadway star ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Beetlejuice, School of Rock) and conservationist BRETT JENKS (President and CEO, Rare, Center for Behavior and the Environment), with rousing tunes from musical guest EILEEN! Plus, laughs, games, music from the ensemble, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2019
Take Me Out has found its full Broadway cast! Second Stage Theater has announced full casting for the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out. Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Will Harrison, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, and Joél Pérez will join previously announced stars Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams. Directed by Scott Ellis, Take Me Out will begin previews April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 1, 2019
Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President and Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that PATRICK J. ADAMS will make his Broadway debut opposite the previously announced Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams in the Broadway production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, TAKE ME OUT. Directed by Scott Ellis, TAKE ME OUT will begin previews April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street). Mr. Adams will play Kippy Sunderstrom, the best friend of Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams).
by Stephi Wild - May 5, 2022
A new cast recording for the musical The Violet Hour will be released soon! The musical features music by Will Reynolds with book & lyrics by Eric Price, based on the play by Richard Greenberg. Check out a sneak peek of Jeremy Jordan singing from the musical here!
by A.A. Cristi - May 29, 2019
 The Eastern kicks off its inaugural season with the San Diego premiere of Puffs or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic opening Friday, June 14th and playing Thursday through Sunday until Sunday, July 21st with additional weekday performances Tuesday, July 16th and Wednesday, July 17th at PowPAC theatre in Poway.
by Julie Musbach - May 22, 2019
Folks Operetta continues its Reclaimed Voices Series with Paul Ábraham's exotic jazz operetta, The Flower of Hawaii featuring soprano and former Ms. Illinois Marisa Bucheit (2014) as Princess Laya/Suzanne. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2020
THE VIOLET HOUR, Caveat's late night show with a far-out twist, is back as a livestream event to beam some joy into your home!
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Mar 18, 2019
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 1, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with Vincent Herring, Beegie Adair, Pete Malinverni Trio, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2022
Songwriting team Will Reynolds and Eric Price, winners of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing, have released of a music video for their song “Getting Closer” from their forthcoming musical Radioactive, performed by Hannah Corneau (Wicked).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2021
The New Musicals Lab at the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, is making space for new musical works by providing Artist Residencies with access to world-class facilities, funding, and student and Broadway talent.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2019
The Eastern today released photos for the San Diego premiere of Puffs or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic opening Friday, June 14th and playing Thursday through Sunday until Sunday, July 21st with additional weekday performances Tuesday, July 16th and Wednesday, July 17th at PowPAC theatre in Poway.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 9, 2022
THE VIOLET HOUR hosted by Mikayla Petrilla played at Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday, July 7th.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 3, 2022
The Violet Hour, a residency at Rockwood Music Hall, will play a special benefit concert this Thursday July 7th at 8:30pm at Rockwood Stage 3.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2021
The New Musicals Lab (NML) at the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, is making space for new musical works by providing Artist Residencies with access to world-class facilities, funding, and student and Broadway talent.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2020
THE VIOLET HOUR, a premium scripted horror podcast network, will premiere its first show IN ANOTHER ROOM, on Monday, August 10. Each of THE VIOLET HOUR's horror-fiction podcast series will feature scripts written by seasoned screenwriters, a diverse cast of professional actors, and original scoring and sound design by Emmy Award-winning composers.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2022
The New Musicals Lab at Ferguson Center is returning for its fourth season! Continuing with the program's previous success, the New Musicals Lab grants new shows a safe and supportive space to workshop and further develop.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 16, 2020
Last month, composer and lyricist team Will Reynolds and Eric Price launched This MT Space, an online education platform, with two Zoom-based classes. 'Filling the Page' taught musical theatre writing and 'Filling the Gaps' was focused on career-building and featured conversations with Patti Murin, Aisha Jackson, Jeremy Jordan and more.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2019
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of The Children written by Lucy Kirkwood and helmed by celebrated Chicago director Jonathan Berry. The cast includes previously announced ensemble members Ora Jones (Rose) and Yasen Peyankov (Robin), with acclaimed actress Janet Ulrich Brooks (Hazel) rounding out the cast. Following sold out runs in London and New York, Steppenwolf is proud to present this brave, humane and beautifully written play that confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 30, 2019
Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical) and Eric Price (The Violet Hour) will present two new musicals at Molloy College/CAP21 this Spring. Experience Marianas! and Emma! will be workshopped this March using students from the college.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 28, 2022
Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting Clue, directed by Casey Hushion (Paper Mill's A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits).The production will open this Sunday, January 30th and run through Sunday, February 20, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2022
Paper Mill Playhouse begins performances tomorrow, January 26, 2022 for Clue, directed by Casey Hushion (Paper Mill's A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits).
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 21, 2020
Winnifred Coombe's earthly guests this month include the incomparable GINA GERHSON (BLOCKERS, FACE/OFF, SHOWGIRLS, COCKTAIL), currently appearing on RIVERDALE, as well sex writer/educator, porn star and a?oeThe Queen of Wandsa?? CARLY S. (DILDOORDILDONT.COM). Plus, sexy sing-songs, goofy games, and tons more laughs with an incredible ensemble of performers.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 11, 2020
The Washington Stage Guild continues its season of great writers with the Washington premiere of Bloomsday by Steven Dietz. This delicate, time-bending romance is set in James Joyce's Dublin on June 16th, the date on which Joyce's Ulysses is set. Robert returns to that city 35 years after meeting Caithleen on a walking tour of Joyce's Dublin. He and Cait meet again and revisit their youthful relationship, amid the echoes of Joyce's masterwork, and the missed connections of that earlier time in their lives. Helen Hayes Award winning Kasi Campbell will direct. A post-show discussion will follow the Sunday matinee on February 2nd, James Joyce's birthday.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2022
Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for Clue,  directed by Casey Hushion (Paper Mill's A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2020
IT'S SPRING BREAK, HUMANS! So take a break with THE VIOLET HOUR and celebrate Winnifred Coombe's Re-birthday too!
by Julie Musbach - Feb 21, 2019
Actor/writer and 2018 Fred Ebb Award winner Will Reynolds makes his Birdland debut premiering all new songs, including selections from his musicals RADIOACTIVE and THE VIOLET HOUR (recently developed by MTC), written with collaborator Eric Price. Special guests include trumpeter and Birdland favorite Benny Benack III, Broadway stars Kirsten Anderson (MY FAIR LADY), Aisha Jackson (FROZEN), Adam Kaplan (A BRONX TALE), and soul singer-songwriter Chris Ams (FAVORITE STATES band).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 19, 2020
It's Spring Break, Humans! So take a break with THE VIOLET HOUR and celebrate Winnifred Coombe's Re-birthday too!
by Julie Musbach - Feb 15, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 5, 2019
Revelry Theatre is proud to announce their upcoming production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), running December 13 to December 22, 2019 at Taproot Theatre's Isaac Studio Theatre. With a team of all female and non-binary artists, Revelry Theatre brings you a hilarious send-up of as many beloved holiday classics as they can fit into 90 minutes.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 4, 2019
Winnifred Coombe's earthly guests this month include 'Space Prince' JULIO TORRES, star of HBO's LOS ESPOOKYS and MY FAVORITE SHAPES and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE writer, and writer CLIFF TAYLOR, author of STANDING ROCK STORIES, enrolled member of The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and great-great-great grandson of Standing Bear. Plus, laughs, rousing games, solstice song sing-alongs and more!
by Michael Major - Dec 12, 2021
Sex and the City has returned for a new spin-off series, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis. Read about the many Broadway appearances from the casts of different incarnations of the beloved franchise, including Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Mario Cantone, and Kim Cattrall.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 11, 2019
The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Bliss, an empowering original musical fantasy that flips the traditional princess narrative upside down.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 5, 2019
Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) Christina Anderson returns to Crowded Fire with INKED BABY, the second production in Crowded Fire's 21st season of new and contemporary plays.  Featuring an ensemble cast directed by Crowded Fire Resident Artist Lisa Marie Rollins, INKED BABY introduces a world that is at once both familiar and strange, and questions why we hold on to home even when that land is toxic. 
by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 29, 2018
The highly anticipated original contemporary anthology series, The Romanoffs, is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video Friday, October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. This is the first anthology series for Amazon Prime Video that will roll out on a weekly basis. The Romanoffs will be available initially in the original version in over 200 countries and territories, with dubbed foreign language versions coming in early 2019.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 25, 2020
The scripted horror podcast network THE VIOLET HOUR will premiere its second new podcast, BETWEEN THE DEVIL, on Monday, September 21, with the first two episodes.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 7, 2021
Starting April 24 and running until May 2, the spring programming of the 23rd Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival will be in full swing, along with the TD-Blue Metropolis Children's Festival.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022
Paul Sand Projects has announced that it will present a workshop production of THE PILOT WHO CRASHED THE PARTY: A Dangerous Satire in Two Acts, a new play written and directed by Tony and two-time Drama Desk Award winner Paul Sand.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2019
​​​​​​​RIOULT Dance NY's 2019 Spring Season will present two evenings of modern dance inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot, the “living master of short stories” Joyce Carol Oates, and the film work of Andrei Tarkovsky.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022
Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the 2022/23 Season today. With six Steppenwolf Membership Series productions and two SYA productions, the 47th season is the storied company’s first full season in its expanded home—welcoming audiences back to experience the next chapter of Steppenwolf’s bold, visceral and muscular work.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022
The Washington Stage Guild will conclude its 2021-2022 season with Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W. Gregory. The play, which had its world premiere at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2018, takes place in the Stalinist Soviet Union, where a man’s inability to forget those whom the government has “erased” becomes increasingly problematic for him and his family.

The Violet Hour Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Violet Hour have their been?
The Violet Hour has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2003 and Broadway which opened in 2003.

What other awards has The Violet Hour been nominated for?
Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder.

What other awards has The Violet Hour won?
Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder.

What productions of The Violet Hour have their been?
The Violet Hour has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2003 and Broadway which opened in 2003.

What awards has The Violet Hour been nominated for?
Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder.

What awards has The Violet Hour won?
Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Donald Holder.

What productions of The Violet Hour have there been?
The Violet Hour has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2003 and Broadway which opened in 2003.