Violet Blooms on Broadway

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sutton Foster stars in the cast of 'Violet' at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Sutton Foster (orange dress) stars in the cast of 'Violet' at the Roundabout Theatre Company. (Joan Marcus)

The Off-Broadway musical Violet has found new life on Broadway in a revival by the Roundabout Theater Company. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production features Broadway star Sutton Foster.

The Tony-winning Foster is best known for bringing verve and sparkle to Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Based on a short story by Doris Betts called "The Ugliest Pilgrim," Jeanine Tesori wrote the music and book and lyrics are by Brian Crawley.

So what makes this the right time to replant Violet on Broadway? And how has the show changed from its first production and recent City Center Encores revival? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood gives his assessment.

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