Inside the Tony Award Nominees: Best Revival of a Musical

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Violet
Opened: April 20, 2014

Closing: Aug. 10, 2014

Starring: Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Joshua Henry, and Alexander Gemignani

Directed by: Leigh Silverman

Music by: Jeanine Tesori

Book and lyrics by: Brian Crawley

Tony nominations: 4 — Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Joshua Henry), Best Direction of a Musical (Leigh Silverman)

EW’s review: “It’s impossible not to get swept up by rousing numbers like Violet’s ”On My Way” and Flick’s ”Let It Sing” (Henry pretty much blows the roof off the bus with that one) — or to resist Foster’s pluck and aw-shucks charm. Fantastic as she was in her two spangly, tap-dance-filled Tony-winning performances—flapper/stenographer Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and evangelist–turned–nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes — she’s never been more vulnerable, or more moving, than she is here.A- (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

Odds of winning: Color it a long shot.


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