The journeys we take in life are varied, usually unexpected and sometimes chock full of surprises. Venturing forth into the unknown, placing one foot in front of the other without the assurance that one is heading in the right direction can be a daunting and paralyzing feeling. All we have in life is the faith and confidence in ourselves to provide reassurance in the decision and direction we choose to take in life. This is also the story of Violet, written by Brian Crawley and currently playing on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater. Violet is the story of a girl who was horribly disfigured at a young age and has lived her life in solidarity and solace with her Father. Longing to be beautiful, touched and happy she packs her bags, prays for a miracle and heads East on a Greyhound bus in hopes of finding a healer that can cure her disfigurement. She throws herself into the harshness of society fearlessly with no abandon in a manner that can only be described as inspiring. The role of Violet is played by Tony winner Sutton Foster, laying all insecurities down on center stage while making herself vulnerable with performances that will make you cry, laugh and root for her. The strength and power of her voice that accompanies her soft image, edifies Fosters role in the Broadway community making her an American staple, which can only be described as powerful, strong, and gentle. I could not think of a better person suited for the role of Violet. Being a softy at heart, I walked into this production with high hopes and I was very content with the results. It’s a great story that leaves the message to live life fearlessly while having faith in the unknown. Paired with a talented cast including Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry alongside a live band on stage, Violet is an empowering story that will show that the best cure for the soul is love.
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