Violet Hops Off the Bus: Musical Starring Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry Plays Final Performance Aug. 10

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10 Aug 2014

Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
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The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Violet, starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, plays its final performance at the American Airlines Theatre Aug. 10 at 2 PM. 

The production officially opened April 20 following previews that began March 28. Upon closing, Violetplayed 27 previews and 128 regular performances.

Directed by Leigh Silverman and featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet is based on Doris Betts' short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim."

Foster has previously starred on Broadway in Anything Goes, Shrek the Musical, Young Frankenstein, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her TV work has included "Bunheads," "Psych" and "Flight of the Conchords." (Click here to read Playbill.com's interview with Foster about the Encores! Off-Center production of Violet.)

Joining Foster are Colin Donnell and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry



Donnell, whose stage credits include Anything GoesJersey Boys and Love's Labour's Lost, plays Monty. Henry returns to the role of Flick, which he played in the 2013 Encores! Off-Center production of Violet. Henry's stage work also includes The Scottsboro Boys, Porgy and Bess and American Idiot.

Read Donnell and Henry's interview with Playbill.com about playing the leading men in Violet

Foster and Henry received Tony Award nominations for their performances as Violet and Flick, respectively, and Silverman was nominated for Best Director of a Musical. The production was also nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. 

The cast also includes Alexander Gemignani (Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd) as Father, Annie Golden ("Orange Is The New Black," Assassins) as Hotel Singer/Old Lady and Emerson Steele (A Christmas Carol, Annie) as Young Violet.

Levi Kreis, who won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his Broadway debut, playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, joined the company June 27. 

The ensemble includes Austin Lesch (Billy Elliot, Altar Boyz), Anastacia McCleskey (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hair), Charlie Pollock (Urinetown, 9 to 5) and Rema Webb (The Book of Mormon, The Lion King). Jacob Keith Watson and Virginia Ann Woodruff (The Color Purple, Leap of Faith) are swings. 

The Broadway premiere is based on the 2013 New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production, which starred Foster and was directed by Silverman. Violet premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1997; it won the Obie Award, Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.

"Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s," according to the Roundabout. "Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider."

Violet features choreography by Jeffrey Page and original orchestrations by Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red. Michael Rafter is music director.

The creative team includes David Zinn (sets), Clint Ramos (costumes), Mark Barton (lights) and Leon Rothenberg (sound).

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or visiting roundabouttheatre.org

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Water in the Well!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Violet With "Young Violet," Emerson Steele

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And now Sutton and I sing "Don't Touch the Blood", a BEAUTIFUL song we wrote and composed together! Haha! Just kidding... It's not THAT beautiful!
Photo by Emerson Steele