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Violet - 1997 - Off-Broadway

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=""Jeanine Tesori/a, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by a href=""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.


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Violet Off-Broadway Cast


by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2021
Experimental Bitch Presents has announced its 2021-22 season, marking the third for the feminist arts company committed to developing and producing badly-behaved, genre-defying performance by emerging queer, trans, gender-expansive, and women artists.
by Marianka Swain - Sep 6, 2021
Full casting is announced today, Monday 6 September, for the musical CABARET at the KIT KAT CLUB in London’s West End. Joining the previously announced Eddie Redmayne as ‘The Emcee’ and Jessie Buckley as ‘Sally Bowles’ will be Omari Douglas as ‘Cliff Bradshaw’, Liza Sadovy as ‘Fraulein Schneider’, Elliot Levey as ‘Herr Schultz’, Stewart Clarke as ‘Ernst Ludwig’ and Anna-Jane Casey as ‘Fraulein Kost’.
by Team BWW - Sep 5, 2021
What is a casting director? Casting directors work closely with members of a production's creative team to help them find ideal candidates for each role. Typically, they will not make the final decision on who is hired, but they often play a vital role in holding auditions, finding talent, and providing an array of options for key members of a show's production team.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 29, 2021
The 35th High School Project production – The Great Grand Road Trip will celebrate its opening night tonight with a video viewing party in the Spriet Stage for student participants, Board, sponsors, staff and special guests.
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 25, 2021
2020 proved to be an exceptional year for the Tony Awards and the nominees in the category of Best Original Score are equally exceptional. In a category usually dominated by musical scores, all five nominees in the category come from plays.
by Michael Major - Sep 22, 2021
Irreverent is a fish out of water drama that follows criminal mediator Paulo Keegan (Donnell) as he flees the United States after a mediation gone wrong and assumes the identity of Reverend Mackenzie “Mack” Boyd.
by Gil Kaan - Sep 19, 2021
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment will west coast premiere playwright Sandy Rustin’s adaptation of Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay CLUE September 24, 2021. Prolific director Casey Hushion steers a cast of Jeff Skowron, Heather Ayers, Ted Barton, Mary Birdsong, Sarah Hollis, John Shartzer, Cassie Simone, Harrison White, Rachel McLaughlan, Michael Cavinder, and James Tolbert. Had the opportunity to learn some behind-the-scenes of CLUE and other productions Casey has worked on.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 17, 2021
North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre, is excited to announce the full cast for 9 to 5 with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, directed by Producing Artistic Director, Eric Woodall.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Sep 15, 2021
9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2021
Downstage has announced their 2021/2022 season that launches this October, beginning with an online re-release of Deer Woman, followed by a re-imagined Men Express Their Feelings, before additional and exciting collaborations come together later in the season.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 14, 2021
The White Plains Performing Arts Center has announced its 2021-2022 Season!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 14, 2021
The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it will be returning for its 34th year with a program of in-theater and drive-in presentations from October 27-31, 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2021
Leading the cast as the extraordinary chocolate maker, Willy Wonka, is Cody Garcia, with Jackson Greenspan, William Goldsman, and Coleman Simmons alternating in the title role of Charlie Bucket.
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 11, 2021
What is a Broadway musical without a big, bold, belty closing number? Whether it's delivered as a last stand from the main character or a harmonious reprise from the full cast, musical finales have a reputation for  being some of the best songs in the musical theatre canon, so today, we're skipping right to the end.
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 10, 2021
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey located at the Historic Palace Theatre has announced four finalists for the inaugural Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers. We were able to ask each of them about the inspiration for their plays and how it felt to be selected.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2021
Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, announced today that internationally renowned performer, choreographer, director, and multi-disciplinary artist Francesca Harper has been appointed Artistic Director of Ailey II, the Ailey organization's acclaimed company of young dancers. Ms. Harper will assume her duties on September 7, 2021, and will immediately begin preparing for Ailey II's return to the stage.
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2021
This month, The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol opens the first production of its sixth season, Broadbend, Arkansas, consisting of two acts.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 6, 2021
Theatre is back, LIVE, at The Belmont, with the hilarious comedy BLITHE SPIRIT that will run October 22-24 & 28-31 in the Grumbacher Studio. Friday, Saturday and the second Thursday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 3:00 p.m. Join the extraordinary cast as they conjure up laughs and a few spirits along the way, just in time for Halloween! 
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 5, 2021
The Virginia Film Festival announced today that several films have been added to its recently-revealed 2021 program – including two of the most talked-about titles on this year's festival circuit.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2021
Casting has been announced for the upcoming reading of Tanya's Lit Clit presented at The Tank on October 24.
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2021
The World Goes 'Round will open Capital City Theatre's 2021-22 season. Andrew Abrams (Artistic Director) and Gail Becker (Managing Director) are working with Overture Center in Madison, WI to bring live and covid-safe Regional Theatre back to Madison, WI.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2021
Artisan Children's Theater will present MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. at its 150 seat Second Stage facility. The theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. The show runs October 15 through November 13, 2021. Performances are Fridays at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am and 12:00pm, with additional 12:00pm shows November 2 and 9, 2021.
by Jeffrey Kare - Oct 13, 2021
Based on Colin Higgins' 1980 Academy Award nominated film of the same name, 9 to 5 follows three female coworkers in the late 1970s. Pushed to the boiling point, they team up to concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Franklin Hart remains 'otherwise engaged,' the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 13, 2021
American Blues Theater marks its return to live, in-person theater with its 20th Annual Production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra’s film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler.
by Jeffrey Kare - Oct 12, 2021
From October 12th-17th, North Carolina Theatre will be presenting a production of 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, which is located inside Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The show features a book penned by Patricia Resnick, who was one of the screenwriters behind the original movie, and an original score written by Dolly Parton. North Carolina Theatre's production stars Sara Jean Ford as Judy Bernly (the Jane Fonda role), Lauren Kennedy, the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh, as Violet Newstead (the Lily Tomlin role), and Ryah Nixon as Doralee Rhodes (the Dolly Parton role). Not to mention that Raleigh's own Ira David Wood III, the Artistic and Executive Director of Theatre in the Park, will be making a special appearance in the show as the Chairman of the Board. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor Ben Davis, who will be taking on the role of Franklin Hart, Jr. Ben has previously appeared on Broadway in LES MISÉRABLES, LA BOHÈME (which earned him along with his fellow cast members a special Tony Award in 2003), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, VIOLET, and DEAR EVAN HANSEN.
by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2021
Sutton Foster appeared on Good Morning America this morning to talk The Musical Man with Hugh Jackman, her new book 'Hooked', and the finale of her hit TV series, Younger. Watch the interview now!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2021
Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO, today announced five new commissions by pioneering artists from across the performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture for The Shed’s winter/spring 2022 season.
by Gigi Gervais - Oct 10, 2021
The Australian premiere of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 is premiering this winter at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. Tickets go on sale at the end of the month.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 1, 2021
The Tank announced today the programming schedule for the City Artist Corps Grantee Performances. From now until October 31st, the Tank is presenting FREE in-person programming highlighting the work of 14 City Artist Corps Grantees.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jul 30, 2021
The song is years in the making, as Ms. Violet and Ms. Allie first met on set for Allie’s 2016 video “All The Rage.” They knew the fates would align one day for a mind-bending, designer heaven collab.
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 A.A. Cristi - Jul 28, 2021
UNREHEARSED! Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labours Lost will be presented by Barefoot Shakespeare Company. Performances will be held at Summit Rock in Central Park and admission is free.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2021
Joining the previously announced Louise Redknapp as 'Violet Newstead' will be Vivian Panka making her professional UK stage debut as 'Judy Bernly', Stephanie Chandos as 'Doralee Rhodes', Sean Needham as 'Franklin Hart Jr.',  Julia J. Nagle as 'Roz Keith' and Russell Dickson as 'Joe'.
by Cary Ginell - Aug 5, 2021
Of all elements of society hit by the pandemic, the one that got hit the hardest was the performing arts. Many theatre companies were forced to close their doors while those that managed to survive were crippled by 16 months of inactivity and decimated budgets. Young Artists Ensemble has not only been a growth culture for local talent for 40 years, it has never shied away from a challenge and while other companies were subsisting on shows with small casts, YAE was determined to stage the Student Edition of 'Les Miserables,' the larger-than-life 1985 Broadway masterpiece, for its annual teen summer musical.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 4, 2021
The leading ladies of North Carolina Theatre's Production of 9 to 5 will include Ashley Blanchet (Frozen, Beautiful, Annie, and Memphis on Broadway) as Judy, Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Les Misérables, Side Show, and Sunset Boulevard on Broadway) as Violet, and Ryah Nixon (9 TO 5: The Musical National Tour) as Doralee.  
by Stephi Wild - Aug 26, 2021
Two different songs. Two different genres. One same title. See some of Broadway's greatest hits be mashed up with iconic pop songs, both of which share a name.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Aug 25, 2021
Watch as Richard chats with Joshua Henry, who will bring Broadway to the Hamptons tomorrow, August 26, with Broadway Out East.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 25, 2021
The Growing Stage has announce four finalists for the inaugural Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers.
by Alan Portner - Aug 24, 2021
New safety limitations and significant high tech investment at New Theatre Restaurant has allowed dinner theater to return to Overland Park and the Kansas City area. New Theatre Restaurant, one of America’s premiere dinner theater/restaurants, reopened with “The King In Concert,” starring Elvis Presley impersonator Victor Trevino Jr and with Dominique Scott in a reprise of his characterization of Jerry Lee Lewis from last season’s “Million Dollar Quartet.”
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 20, 2021
Some of Broadway's brightest young stars will join the Times Square Project this Saturday, August 21, for their last performance before Broadway's reopening September 14th. Dance Molinari will be debuting an original song 'We're Gonna Come Back', performed by the next generation of Broadway.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 2, 2021
Eric Garcia and Leo Chu will be executive producers and showrunners on 'Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.' Joe Nussbaum, Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will also executive produce.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 2, 2021
The Tank announced today the full line up for Lime Fest, which will present 20 performances between Saturday August 14– Saturday August 28, 2021. The Tank’s LimeFest celebrates a dozen new works by over 80 emerging artists who identify as women, nonbinary or gender non-conforming to make way for more gender parity in the performing arts.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 19, 2021
Jake Sharp is getting the band back together as it is confirmed that he will lead the cast as Dewey Finn having previously performed the role in the West End. Alex Tomkins will perform in the role at certain performances.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2021
National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s directors and music directors for the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 18, 2021
Bill Freas is an accomplished Philadelphia based composer, arranger, producer, and performer. Freas has contributed his musical talents to numerous projects and artists, both during live performances and in the studio.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 13, 2021
Artpark & Company is expanding its commitment to Indigenous programming throughout its summer 2021 season.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 11, 2021
Read all about the late, great Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical musical “Tick, Tick… Boom!” and how it's getting the movie musical treatment, helmed by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda!
by Elizabeth James - Aug 11, 2021
The world-premiere production of BULLETPROOF BACKPACK opens at Florida Repertory Theatre today, August 11. It is an intense and important piece about school shootings and the question of 'what would you do?'