Violet: The MusicalReturnPlaywright Brian Crawley Composer Jeanine Tesori Lyricist Brian Crawley Producer Bay Area Musicals [Website] Description This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister... discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way. A story that centers around strength, love, awareness, and growth makes Violet a perfect choice for Bay Area Musicals' second show in our fourth season.
Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.
As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she's traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. This will be an intimate rendition on a show rarely done. A "not to be missed" theatrical event for Bay Area theater scene.
*Rating: PG Running Time 1:20 Performers Juliana Lustenader [Violet]
Jack O'Reilly [Monty]
Jon-David Randle [Flick]
Clay David [Preacher/Passenger/Radio Singer/Bus Driver 1 ]
Miranda Long [Young Vi]
Eric Neiman [Father]
Tanika Baptiste [Lula Buffington/Almeta (Landlady)/Passenger]
Andrea Dennison-Laufer [Music Hall Singer/Passenger/Choir]
April Deutschle [Passenger/Choir/Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)]
Tucker Gold [Virgil/Billy Dean/Passenger/Bus Driver 3/Radio Trio]
Elizabeth Jones [Passenger/Choir/2nd Hotel Hooker, Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)]
Kim Larson [Leroy/Radio Trio/Waiter/Bus Driver 4/Passenger/Choir]
Shay Oglesby-Smith [Old Lady/2nd Hotel Hooker (Lonely Stranger)/Choir]
Jourdán Olivier-Verdé [Passenger/Choir/Bus Driver 2/Radio Trio/Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)]
Danielle Philapil [Passenger/Choir/1st Hotel Hooker (Anyone Would Do), Music Hall Dancer (Lonely Stranger)] Creative Staff Dyan McBride [Director]
Jon Gallo [Music Director]
Matthew McCoy [Choreographer]
Matthew McCoy [Scenic Designer]
Brooke Jennings [Costume Designer]
Eric Johnson [Lighting Designer]
Anton Hedman [Sound Designer]
Jacqueline Dennis [Wig Designer] Production Staff Genevieve Pabon [Stage Manager]
Frank Cardinal [Assistant Stage Manager]
Cat Knight [Production Manager]
Stewart Lyle [Technical Director]
Taylor Gonzalez [Sound Supervisor]
650 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Box Office: (415) 340-2207
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