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it’s a near-perfectly constructed musical full of heart, with a gorgeous and accessible score by Tesori ….the

Butel's production is tightly staged and flows smoothly throughout

Sam Dodemaide shines in a title role of considerable complexity. Her multi-faceted performance makes Violet's journey to self-acceptance feel engagingly bumpy and less predictable than it might otherwise be.

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

kind of music which is rarely heard in musical theatre, but cuts straight to the soul

Butel keeps this textured production travelling along with the fast pace of Violet’s bus journey, and understands the space of the intimate theatre perfectly

Ben Neutze The Daily Review

She (Sam) has beautifully mobile face and a splendid voice that belie Violet’s deep anxiety about her appearance. Everything about her acting and singing is so appealing

John McCallum, The Australian