The Broadway production of Violet, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s musical about a disfigured young woman on a cross-country journey seeking transformation through faith, will feature the retooled one-act adaptation presented at City Centers Encores! Off-Center in July 2013, according to Variety.com.
Violet, which features music by Tesori and book and lyrics by Crawley, is based on Doris Betts’ story about a disfigured woman’s journey to visit a faith healer she hopes will make her beautiful. The musical was first produced at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons in 1997 and received a one-night concert presentation this past summer in the inaugural season of Encores! Off-Center, which is dedicated to revisiting Off-Broadway productions. Tesori serves as the artistic director for the City Center series.
The concert starred two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, who received her first Tony Award for her performance in Tesori’s musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Foster, who has starred in Anything Goes, Shrek the Musical, Young Frankenstein, Little Women and The Drowsy Chaperone, will also star in the Broadway production of Violet, which will begin performances March 28, 2014, at the American Airlines Theatre. The production will officially open April 20.