The Violet Hour Broadway

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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Biltmore Theatre

(New York, NY)
261-5 West 47th St. Seating Chart
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by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. A unique story that expresses how early-life choices can lead to mid-life challenges and the humorous, touching and unexpected rewards of bridging the divide, the Steppenwolf production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones as Robyn and Sandra Marquez as Sharon.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018
Juilliard today announced that Obie-award winning director Evan Yionoulis, currently professor in the practice of acting and directing at Yale School of Drama and a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre, will become the school's Richard Rodgers Director of Drama at Juilliardstarting with the 2018-19 academic and performance season. The Juilliard Drama Division, celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, offers a program that encompasses one of this country's most respected conservatory educations for actors as well as highly successful pre-professional mentoring for playwrights.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018
The Geffen Playhouse today announced that Sell/Buy/Date, Sarah Jones' critically acclaimed one-woman show, will extend for one week and run through Sunday, April 15. Written and performed by Jones and directed by Carolyn Cantor, Sell/Buy/Date opens tonight in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 29, 2018
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties begins previews tonight! Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. A unique story that expresses how early-life choices can lead to mid-life challenges and the humorous, touching and unexpected rewards of bridging the divide, the Steppenwolf production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones as Robyn and Sandra Marquez as Sharon.
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 BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with Vincent Herring, Beegie Adair, Pete Malinverni Trio, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018
Juilliard Drama begins its inaugural year under the leadership of Obie-winning director Evan Yionoulis, Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division. Current acting director Richard Feldman will resume his role as associate director and faculty member. The 2018-19  season features fully staged productions showcasing Juilliard's Group 48 acting students in their fourth and final year in the program.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. A unique story that expresses how early-life choices can lead to mid-life challenges and the humorous, touching and unexpected rewards of bridging the divide, the Steppenwolf production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones as Robyn and Sandra Marquez as Sharon. Get a first look below!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. A unique story that expresses how early-life choices can lead to mid-life challenges and the humorous, touching and unexpected rewards of bridging the divide, the Steppenwolf production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones as Robyn and Sandra Marquez as Sharon.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) today announced that their eighth annual festival of 10-minute plays of heightened language and classic themes will feature two brand new commissions from Tina Howe and Doug Wright, alongside 6 brand new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018
Now in rehearsals, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. Ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez star in this celebration of female friendship and midlife renaissance.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2018
Now playing, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. Ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez star in this celebration of female friendship and midlife renaissance.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018
Red Bull Theater announced the casts for their eighth annual festival, featuring two brand new commissions from Tina Howe and Doug Wright, alongside 6 brand new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018
THE IN HEIR ITANCE PROJECT and THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y are pleased to present THE GENESIS PLAYS, created in a collaborative process led by Jon Adam Ross and directed by Chantal Pavageaux. THE GENESIS PLAYS, a collection of plays inspired by stories in the book of Genesis, will perform in rep during a three-week limited engagement at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003) and are funded with generous support by The Covenant Foundation. Performances begin Tuesday, May 1st and continue through Friday, May 18, 2018. Tickets are $18 (or see three plays for $14 each with a Flex Pass) and are now available online at www.14streety.org.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018
THE IN[HEIR]ITANCE PROJECT and THE THEATER AT THE 14TH STREET Y are pleased to present THE GENESIS PLAYS, created in a collaborative process led by Jon Adam Ross and directed by Chantal Pavageaux. THE GENESIS PLAYS, a collection of plays inspired by stories in the book of Genesis, will perform in rep during a three-week limited engagement at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003) and are funded with generous support by The Covenant Foundation. Performances begin Tuesday, May 1st and continue through Friday, May 18, 2018.  Tickets are $18 (or see three plays for $14 each with a Flex Pass) and are now available online at www.14streety.org
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces a free post-performance discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre critic and Negroland: A Memoir author Margo Jefferson in connection with TFANA's world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. The talk, which begins at 8.30 PM is open to all and features director Charlotte Braithwaite and playwrights Lydia Diamond and Jackie Sibblies Drury, follows the January 20 performance of Kennedy's first new play in a decade, which begins at 7:30 that evening, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). The discussion will also be streamed live on Theatre for a New Audience's Facebook page. He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box runs January 18-February 11. To reserve a seat to this panel, visit www.tfana.org/heartpanel.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience will present He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, the first new work in nine years from Adrienne Kennedy.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces a free post-performance discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre critic and Negroland: A Memoir author Margo Jefferson in connection with TFANA's world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. The talk, which begins at 8.30 PM is open to all and features director Charlotte Braithwaite and playwrights Lydia Diamond and Jackie Sibblies Drury, follows the January 20 performance of Kennedy's first new play in a decade, which begins at 7:30 that evening, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). The discussion will also be streamed live on Theatre for a New Audience's Facebook page. He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box runs January 18-February 11. To reserve a seat to this panel, visit www.tfana.org/heartpanel.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) has added a performance (February 8 at 9pm) to its critically lauded world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, directed by Evan Yionoulis. The run will conclude, as a scheduled, on February 11.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018
Peninsula Players Theatre presents a reading of "A Trick of the Light," a new comedy by Peter Moore, Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m., at Bjorklunden, located at 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. "A Trick of the Light" is the second of the three play reading series, The Play's the Thing. The series is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, as well as a generous grant from the Door County Medical Center and Friends of Door County Libraries as well as operating funds from Peninsula Players Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017
Roundabout Theatre Company - in association with Chocolate Factory Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions - has announced the full cast joining Tom Hollander in the first Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2017
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces the cast and creative team for He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, the first new work in a decade from Adrienne Kennedy, whom The New York Times called one of the finest living American playwrights. Set in Georgia and New York City in 1941, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is a heartbreaking, nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2018
One Hander will be presented at Sydney's Old Fitz Theatre from August 24 to 26. A one handed, gay actor desperate to be in a big Broadway musical shares his take on the world as the world shares their take on him.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2018
One Hander will be presented at Sydney's Old Fitz Theatre from August 24 to 26. A one handed, gay actor desperate to be in a big Broadway musical shares his take on the world as the world shares their take on him.
by BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018
Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents KISS by Guillermo Calderon, directed by Evan Yionoulis, April 27-May 19, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Thursday, May 3.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018
Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, features authors from 19 countries who write in 15 different languages. Every year, there are diverse themes and special events in this rich and varied festival, with one of the most popular being the Almemar* series. Blue Metropolis' Almemar series brings Jewish writers from near and far to discuss culture, art and humour, all at a stone's throw from the historic Jewish stomping ground of The Main, aka St-Laurent Boulevard. Key events from this series take place on April 28 & 29, with numerous other readings, interviews, and book signings throughout the Festival. Blue Met is one of the best deals around, with most events either free or $10 and under.  *Almemar-the raised platform in a synagogue on which the reading desk stands and where the Torah is read; pulpit or 'bema' in Hebrew.
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