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The 2013-2014 Broadway Season

Sutton Foster stars in a musical about a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s.

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American Airlines Theatre
Opening Night - April 20 2014
VioletSutton Foster (center) and members of the cast of Violet.


A musical story of one young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Sutton 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 music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley.


  • Violet was originally written in two acts. The musical has since been revised by its creators and is now presented without an intermission.
  • The musical is based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts.


The original production of Violetpremiered Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in March, 1997. The current production began as a one-night concert at City Center Encores in July, 2013.


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Revised June 4, 2014


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