Violet

Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Hayes Theatre Co, Sydney
November-December 2015

Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Directed by Mitchell Butel
Assistant Director Richard Carroll

Winner:
Best Independent Musical
Best Musical Direction
Best Director of a Musical

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.

“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

“It’s the 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