Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber Will Join Sutton Foster in Sold-Out Violet

By Andrew Gans
June 13, 2013

Additional casting has been announced for Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet, the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season, which will be offered July 17.

Joining the previously announced two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will be Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele, Chris Sullivan, Rema Webb and Paul Whitty with the gospel choir, Songs of Solomon.

Leigh Silverman will direct with music direction by Michael Rafter.

Violet, based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts, has music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. The show, according to press notes, "follows a young woman who embarks on a religious pilgrimage in hopes of being healed of her disfiguring scar and features a score filled with gospel, country, rock, rhythm and blues." Violet opened Off-Broadway for a limited run at Playwrights Horizons on March 11, 1997.

Encores! Off-Center, under the artistic direction of Tesori, will open with Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Sam Gold and choreographed by Chase Brock, July 10–13. The series will conclude with Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford’s I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, July 24-27. Chris Fenwick will music direct both productions.

Tickets to Violet are sold out. Tickets for The Cradle Will Rock and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road can be purchased online at, by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). The majority of tickets for all Encores! Off Center productions are $25.