Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents
Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Director Mitchell Butel
Musical Director Lucy Bermingham
Choreographer Amy Campbell
Designer Simon Greer
Costume Designer Lucetta Stapleton
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Sound Designer Jed Silver
Assistant Director Richard Carroll
Starring Samantha Dodemaide, Steven Danielsen, Barry Conrad, Dash Kruck, Damien Bermingham, Luisa Scrofani, Linden Furnell, Elenoa Rokobaro, Ryan Gonzalez, Katie Elle Reeve and Genevieve Lemon
Violet is a musical from the Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori with a libretto by Brian Crawley. With show-stopping anthems ranging from American roots to folk to gospel, it follows a truly original woman who on her quest across America for divine intervention finds a very different kind of salvation. If Chekhov, Lena Dunham and Aretha Franklin conspired to write a musical, this would be it.
Facially scarred as a child in an accident, Violet undertakes her search for beauty amidst the image obsessed landscape and racial tensions of the American South in the 1960s. Journeying across the country with a rag bag of fellow travellers, she discovers that true beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder.
With a vibrant, multi-genre score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek The Musical), and libretto by Brian Crawley (The Little Princess), Violet encompasses show-stopping anthems, American roots, soul and gospel.
To be presented at Hayes Theater Co in Nov/Dec 2015, Violet is to be directed by Australian theatre icon Mitchell Butel with Musical Direction by Lucy Bermingham (Strictly Ballroom, Guilty Pleasures), Choreography by Amy Campbell (Guilty Pleasures, So You Think You Can Dance) and Set Design by Simon Greer (Man of La Mancha).
When a show works it tugs you insistently into its universe. This journey unfolds a half-century ago, but you don't have to look far to see that the idea that life can change dramatically and devastatingly in a flash. What you do next becomes the question - and it makes "Violet" evergreen. - NY Daily News
The writing here quickly establishes that this is not some provincially-ethnic score but the real thing, so very good that one wonders how 'Violet' could have been overlooked for so long. The score continues in this vein with a wide variety of song types for different configurations, all of them arresting. Standouts include the rousing "Let It Sing"; a sweet lullaby, "Lay Down Your Head"; and the big final number, "Look at Me". - Huffington Post
'Violet' integrates a number of styles, from gospel and bluegrass to Memphis blues... Ms Tesori has a fine hand for harmonies and counterpoint... - The New York Times
Friday 27 November - Sunday 20 December 2015
Performances: Tues-Sat 8pm | Sat 2pm | Sun 3pm & 7pm
Tickets: $54.00 Full | $49.00 Concession
Running time - 1 hour and 45mins without an interval
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
'Violet' is a part of the 2011 Postcode Special Ticket Offer
Anyone who lives in the 2011 postcode can obtain unsold tickets for only $20.00 to all participating shows at Hayes Theatre Co on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when purchased in person at the box office, half an hour prior to commencement of the performance with I.D. showing residential address.