Robert Westenberg, who replaced Mandy Patinkin in the title role of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George after playing a soldier in that production, and who played one of the charming Princes in Into the Woods, stars in the new musical Violet, now in previews at Playwrights Horizons in New York.
Opening March 11 at the Off-Broadway theatre, the musical is staged by Susan Schulman, who directed Westenberg as the villainous uncle in The Secret Garden.
Jeanine Tesori wrote the music and Brian Crawley wrote book and lyrics for this musical, based on Doris Betts' story, "The Ugliest Pilgrim," about a disfigured girl who gets far more than she bargained for when she sets out on a quest to have her scars erased by TV evangelist.
Set in the South in 1964, the story has her crossing paths with two young men setting off of a quest of their own -- to fight in Vietnam.
Also featured in the cast are Stephen Lee Anderson, Paula Newsome, Cass Morgan and Amanda Pasner.
The musical was produced previously at Playmakers Rep in Chapel Hill, NC, and had a reading at New York's Lincoln Center. For tickets: (212) 279 4200.