Ages: 15+
Opened: March 11, 1997
Closing: April 06, 1997

Violet - 1997 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd St.(between 9th & 10th Aves) New York, NY 10036

Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

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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

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astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,

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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.

Violet - 1997 - Off-Broadway Cast

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Signature Theatre today will present an all-star benefit reading of Sam Shepard’s contemporary classic True West, led by acclaimed actors Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Bear, Girls) as Austin, David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow) as Lee, Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Compliance) as Mom, and Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story, True Blood) as Saul.

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Water in the Well
On My Way
Luck of the Draw
Question & Answer
All to Pieces
A Healing Touch
Let It Sing
Who'll Be the One (If Not Me)
You're Different
Lonely Stranger
Anyone Would Do
Lay Down Your Head
Hard to Say Goodbye
Promise Me, Violet
Raise Me Up
Down the Mountain
Look at Me
That's What I Could Do
Bring Me to Light
Water In The Well
On My Way
Luck of the Draw
Question 'n' Answer
All To Pieces
Let It Sing
Anyone Would Do
Who'll Be The One (If Not Me)
Last Time I Came To Memphis
Lonely Stranger
Lay Down Your Head
Anyone Would Do (Reprise)
Hard To Say Goodbye
Promise Me, Violet
Raise Me Up
Down The Mountain
In The Chapel
Raise Me Up (Reprise)
Look At Me
That's What I Could Do
Surprised (Reprise)
Promise Me, Violet (Reprise)
Bring Me To The Light
Violet has had 4 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1997, Off-Broadway which opened in 1997, Broadway which opened in 2014 and West End which opened in 2019.
Violet has been nominated for several awards. These include Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Director - Musical for Susan H. Schulman at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Lyrics for Brian Crawley at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding New Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Orchestration for Joseph Joubert at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Orchestration for Buryl Red at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Off Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Musical for Playwrights Horizons at The Lortels, Outstanding Musical for Ira Weitzman at The Lortels, and Outstanding Musical for Jeanine Tesori (associate producer) at The Lortels.
Violet has won several awards, including Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. The show also received Outstanding Director - Musical for Susan H. Schulman, Outstanding Lyrics for Brian Crawley, and Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori at the Drama Desk Awards. Violet was recognized as Outstanding New Musical and received Outstanding Orchestration awards for both Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red at the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, the show won Best Off Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and Outstanding Musical at The Lortels, with awards going to Playwrights Horizons, Ira Weitzman, and Jeanine Tesori (associate producer).



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