Sutton Foster Returning to Broadway in ‘Violet’

Tony winner will play a disfigured woman

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Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will return to Broadway in “Violet,” Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday.

The limited engagement musical will begin previews on March 28 of next year before opening officially on April 20. The full cast will be announced at a later date. Foster, whose energetic singing and dancing turned “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and the 2011 revival of “Anything Goes” into hot tickets, is the star attraction.

Leigh Silverman (“Chinglish”) will direct the story of a disfigured woman’s struggle to realize her self-worth during the swinging 1960s. In order to heal her facial disfigurement, Violet hops a Greyhound to search out a televangelist with healing powers.

The show is based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts and features music by Jeanine Tesori (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley (“Evangeline”). “Violet” originally opened off-Broadway for a limited run at Playwrights Horizons on March 11, 1997.

It will be produced with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino who are best known for “Gilmore Girls” and who previously worked with Foster in “Bunheads.” David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen will also produce.