Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime.

Archive: Violet

Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep.

Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed and Choreographed by Chase Kniffen
Musical Direction by Kim Fox

One hour and forty-five minutes with no intermission
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains adult language.

"Violet is a Touching, Musical Journey to Self-Discovery"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Country, gospel and blues, lifted high on sweeping Broadway chords, that never fails to seduce and beguile..."

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Josh Marin, Christie Jackson, and Sophia Bunnell. Photo by Jay Paul.

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“It’s hard to believe Violet was Tesori’s first musical, as her score is rich with complex melodies and delicate themes... Crawley’s lyrics are pure poetry, utilizing the plain-spoken language of the time to create beautiful illustrations of the difference between perception and reality.”

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