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SUTTON FOSTER (Violet). Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was first seen on television on “Star Search” at age 15, and has more recently appeared in “Bunheads” (TV Critics’ Choice Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”), “Psych”, “Flight of the Conchords”, “Law and Order SVU”, “Royal Pains”, and “Sesame Street”. As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter… featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
 
COLIN DONNELL (Monty). Broadway: Anything Goes (Drama Desk nomination), Jersey Boys. National tours: Wicked, Mamma Mia! Other NY credits: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park); Merrily We Roll Along, Follies (Encores!); Meet Me in St. Louis (Irish Rep); Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. Regional: Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I (McCarter); Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.); Working, A Musical (Asolo Rep). Film/TV: Every Secret Thing, “Arrow,” “Pan Am.”
ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI (Father). Broadway:Chicago(Billy Flynn), Les Misérables(Valjean, Drama League nomination), Sweeney Todd (Beadle, Drama Desk nomination),Assassins (Hinckley, Theatre World Award), The People In The Picture(Moishe),Sunday in the Park With George (Boatman/Dennis).  Off-Broadway: Road Show at the Public (Addison Mizner, Drama League nomination), Headstrong at EST (Nick) and Avenue Q at the Vineyard Theatre (Brian). Favorite Regional: The Three Sisters (Andrei) at Cincinnati Playhouse, The Boys From Syracuse (Sergeant) at The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. and the title character in the world premiere musical Saint-Ex at The Weston Playhouse. Concerts:Sondheim! The Birthday Concert with The N.Y. Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The N.Y. Pops at Carnegie Hall, and The L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl as well several appearances as performer and director in the Broadway ByThe Year series at The Town Hall.  TV/Film: HomelandThe Good Wife, Empire State(pilot), Passion (Live From Lincoln Center),South Pacific (Great Performances) and the film The Producers. His solo show,All At Once, premiered at the Kennedy Center as a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series. As a composer/lyricist, Alexander is currently developing three new musicals and also recently composed incidental music for the plays Cadence: Home andswingset/moon. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of the University of Michigan.
 
JOSHUA HENRY (Flick). Joshua is excited to return to the role of Flick after the City Center Encores production in 2013. A University of Miami (FL) graduate, he is best known for his Tony Nominated performance of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys. His other Broadway shows include The Tony Award winning revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Grammy Award winning American Idiot, Grammy/Tony winning In the Heights and Bring It On. Regional theatre: Godspell, The Wiz, The Cotton Club Parade, and Being Alive. TV/Film: “Army Wives,”Kings,” Sex and the City. www.joshuahenry.net
LEVI KREIS (Preacher) Levi Kreis made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet for which he received the 2010 Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama League nomination. Levi also contributed musical arrangements to the score. Other theater credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Leading Men Of Broadway, One Red Flower, and Rent. Films include Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words and Silencers. As a singer/songwriter, Levi’s recordings have been featured on “The Vampire Diaries,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Mob Wives,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Apprentice,” “Days Of Our Lives,” and “Young & The Restless.”
 
ANNIE GOLDEN (Ensemble) Annie considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre, having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as Jeannie in Hair, the 1978 film. Some Broadway credits include: Xanadu; The Full Monty; Ah! Wilderness and On The Town. Annie also was Sondheim's original Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Playwrights Horizons). Numerous Film/TV credits: “Law and Order,” “L&O SVU,” “Cheers,” “Third Watch,” “MiamiVice,” and just completed shooting Season Two for Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” as Norma Romano.
EMERSON STEELE (Young Violet) is elated to make her Broadway debut. She returns to the role of Young Violet after the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert production last year. Emerson has since performed in NYC in the Songs for Story Shifters cabaret and the Broadway Dreams’ Fall Showcase. Although she had an early television appearance at age 3 in a Barney commercial and began her love of solo singing in church as a 7 year old, Emerson’s passion for musical theater started at age 8. By the time she was 9, Emerson was cast in her first professional theater production and at age 11, she won Miss Access Broadway in the Junior Division for her entries in the triple threat competition. As a native Atlantan, Emerson has played roles in regional professional theaters in A Christmas Carol, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and Gypsy.
 
AUSTIN LESCH (Ensemble). Broadway: Billy Elliot. City Center: Violet. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory.
ANASTAĆIA McCLESKĒY (Ensemble) is a renaissance woman from the south, who's also a writer & Abstract Artist. Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Diva, Original Broadway Cast), The Book of Mormon (Mrs. Brown), Hair (Abraham Lincoln), & Tarzan (Original Broadway Cast). Performed at Radio City Music Hall, The York Theater, Grand Ole Opry, City Center and has traveled the world singing and acting alongside some of the greats. She will appear in You Make Me Feel Mighty Real, a Sylvester Concert off-Broadway as Izora Rhodes this fall. 
CHARLIE POLLOCK (Ensemble). Broadway: Urinetown, 9 to 5. Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Off-Broadway: Tick, Tick, Boom!; I Love You, You’re Perfect… National Tours: Urinetown, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. TV: “The Good Wife” (recurring), “As the World Turns,” “Law and Order,” “The Guiding Light.”Education: U.T. Austin.
JACOB KEITH WATSON (Swing) originally from Arkansas, is making his Broadway debut with Violet. He has performed regionally in everything from Shakespeare to Opera before moving to New York City in May of 2013.
REMA WEBB (Ensemble) is a 16 year Broadway veteran. Most recently Rema appeared in NBC's “The Sound of Music Live.” Additional movie credits include: The Oksana Baiul Story, Sudden Death, Beloved, and First Born. She has been a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King since 1999 and is an original cast member of Broadway's The Book of Mormon. She made her Broadway debut in the 1998 production of Ragtime.
VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF (Swing). Broadway credits include: The Color Purple, Leap of Faith, All Shook Up and Smokey Joe's Cafe. She is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
JENNIFER BLOOD (u/s Violet, u/s Old Lady/Hotel Hooker). Broadway and Roundabout debut! NYC: Unlock’d (Prospect), A Little Journey (Mint), Yeast Nation (Fringe). Regional: The Sound of Music (Jeff nom.), The Glass Menagerie,The Light in the Piazza. Much gratitude to everyone at Carnahan, the Mine and Will. For my parents.
EMMA HOWARD (u/s Young Violet). Joining Violet after originating the role of Hortensia in Matilda on Broadway.  Over 30 regional credits. Visit www.emmahoward.net
AZUDI ONYEJEKWE (u/s Flick). Broadway and Roundabout Debut. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, original company). Film: HairBrained. BFA in Drama, NYU Tisch. www.azudi.net 
JEANINE TESORI (Music) has written four Tony-nominated scores for Broadway: Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek the Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her first Off-Broadway musical, Violet, written with Brian Crawley, received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1997. Her most recent, Fun Home (lyrics, Lisa Kron) made its premiere at the Public Theater this fall. A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, a new opera with a libretto by Tony Kushner, was featured at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011, and her opera The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy) premieres at the Kennedy Center in December. She composed the music for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe, translated by Mr. Kushner, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. Music for other plays include John Guare’s A Free Man of Color for Lincoln Center Theater, directed by George C. Wolfe, and Romeo and Juliet, a gala reading, again with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. Film scores include Nights in Rodanthe with Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Every Day with Liev Schreiber, and You’re Not You with Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum. She is the Artistic Director for Off-Center, a new Encores! summer series for the New York City Center. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Most of all, she is the proud parent of Siena Rafter, a sophomore at LaGuardia High School for the Arts.
 
BRIAN CRAWLEY (Book & Lyrics) is a playwright and screenwriter. He wrote the book and lyrics for Violet, which was mounted Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 1997, then remounted in a concert version in 2003 to help inaugurate their new theater. He also wrote the book and lyrics for A Little Princess (composer Andrew Lippa) which debuted at Theatreworks of Palo Alto in the summer of 2004. Other musicals he has written include Evangeline with Ted Dykstra, and Down There with composer Lewis Flinn. For the libretto of Violet, Brian won the Kleban Award. Prior to the Playwrights Horizons production, and on its behalf, Violet was given the Richard Rodgers Musical Production Award and an AT&T OnStage Award. Afterwards, besides a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, Violet received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical over the year's Broadway offerings. Brian was introduced to Jack Hardy’s Fast Folk songwriter circle by Dave Van Ronk. Several of Brian’s recordings are in the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection now administered by the Smithsonian. He is featured in the documentary One Night Stand, about one year’s 24 Hour Musicals benefit. Brian's plays have been developed or staged at Lincoln Center, New York Theater Workshop, the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, and the Eugene O'Neill summer theater conference. He majored in Theater Studies at Yale and has an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Brian is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
 
LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). Broadway: Chinglish; Well; Violet (Encores). Recent Off-Broadway The Call (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); No Place to Go (Public Theater; Two River Theatre); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons); Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). Recent regional: American Hero (WTF); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour). This season: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons) and Kung Fu (Signature Theatre).
 
JEFFREY PAGE (Choreographer). Received the 2011 MTV “Best Choreography” VMA for Beyoncé’s Who Run The World? (Girls) video and Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Choreography in Television for the opening sequence of the Image Awards Ceremony on Fox.   Over 8 years Mr. Page has been a part of Beyoncé’s creative team. He's been a featured choreographer on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and has created sequences for The Billboard, World Music, and MTV Awards to name just a few. Original Broadway cast of Fela!Violet is Jeffrey’s choreographic debut to Broadway.
 
MICHAEL RAFTER (Musical Director). Music director/supervisor: Everyday Rapture, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, The King & I, Gypsy, Swing, The Buddy Holly Story. Arranger: Swing and Sweet Charity. Associate Music Supervisor: Jersey Boys. TV: Gypsy (Emmy award, music direction). Recordings: Wish with Sutton Foster; Sutton Foster, Live at The Carlyle. Movies: Arthur  (additional scoring, arrangements); Music And Lyrics, Did You Hear About The Morgans? (vocal, instrumental producer). Music director/arranger for the upcoming revival of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Co-founder of Destination Broadway, a summer theatre program for children 8-18 years old. Dedicated to Buryl Red.
 
DAVID ZINN (Set Design). Roundabout: costumes for Picnic and Look Back In Anger; Broadway set for Realistic Joneses, set and costumes for Seminar, costumes for Rocky, Other Desert Cities, Good People, Bengal Tiger..,In The Next Room (Tony, Drama Desk Nom.,) Xanadu. Off-Broadway: set and costumes for Fun Home, The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Big Meal, Dogfight, The Select (the sun also rises), Chair, Orpheus X; scenery for Kung Fu, The Madrird, The Pride, The Sound And The Fury, Notes From Underground. Also, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, McCarter Theater, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera. 
 
CLINT RAMOS (Costume Design). Roundabout: Common Pursuit. Recent NY: Appropriate (Signature), Here Lies Love, Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Wild With Happy (Public Theater); Romeo and Juliet (CSC); Cradle Will Rock, Violet, I’m Getting My Act Together…(City Center Encores! Off-Center); Row After Row (Women’s Project). Over 100 regional & international credits. Awards: 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, 2 American Theater Wing Henry Hewes Awards. MFA from NYU.
 
MARK BARTON (Lighting Design). Broadway: The Realistic Joneses. Roundabout: Bad Jews, Look Back In Anger. Recent Off-Broadway: The Watson Intelligence, Detroit, The Big Meal, Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons); Arguendo, The Select, The Sound & The Fury, Gatz (Elevator Repair Service); Bethany (Women's Project); Uncle Vanya, Elective Affinities (Soho Rep); February House, Titus Andronicus (Public); Notes From Underground; Chair (Theater for a New Audience). Other recent NYC: Encores! Off-Center (City Center); The Cunning Little Vixen (Juilliard Opera). Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.
 
LEON ROTHENBERG (Sound Design). Broadway: The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony), The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nom), Impressionism. NY/Off’B’way: Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Tectonic Theater Project, Women’s Theater Project, Public Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City Center. Regional: Old Globe, Two River Theater, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, North Shore Music Theater, Theater By The Sea, New York Stage & Film, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman. International: Cirque du Soleil, Dijon Festival, National Theater of Cyprus. http://klaxson.net
 
RICK BASSETT (Co-Orchestrations, Synthesizer Programmer) Orchestrations: Caroline, or Change; Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center.) Arranger and co-producer for the Grammy-nominated CD Beautiful Star. Co-producer, composer, arranger for the Silver Burdett Making Music and Bridges to Asia CD series. Documentary scores include Prisoners of Hope, Valor, and Emmy-nominated Circle of the Earth. Book, lyrics and music to Hope, premiered in Kampala, Uganda. Donald Sutherland commission for composition Celestial Fire. Composer for short musical film Burning Up. BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop. Many thanks to Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red.
 
JOSEPH JOUBERT (Co-Orchestrations). Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, musical director include Broadway’s Motown The Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap of Faith; Caroline or Change; The Color Purple; Billy Elliot.  Off-Broadway: Violet, Three Mo’ Tenors; Three Mo’ Divas. TV: “We Shall Not Be Moved;” “Macy’s Fireworks 2010;” “Smash;” Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia’s “I’m Here, Broadway Inspirational Voices’ Great Joy. Accompanist/arrangements include Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross and Kathleen Battle (White House and Carnegie Hall).  Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee.
 
BURYL RED (Co-Orchestrations). His musical work is heard in schools, churches, homes, and concert halls throughout the world. Among his choral works, Celebrate Life and the first modern edition of Pergolesi's Magnificat are landmarks.  He was musical director of The CenturyMen, a professional chorus comprising 100 choral conductors and educators. Producer for Great Joy, a CD featuring Michael McElroy’s Broadway Inspirational Voices; co-orchestrator of Caroline, or Change; executive producer of Making Music, a 160 CD set for the Silver Burdett/Pearson music textbook series. He passed away April 1, 2013 and was a driving force behind the original production of Violet.
 
SEYMOUR RED PRESS (Music Coordinator) Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater.  Credits include more than 100 shows from the original Gypsy through Dreamgirls; Nine, Noise/Funk, Elaine Stritch at Liberty; the acclaimed revivals of Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Forum, and Flower Drum Song. Screen credits include Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage and Paramount’s In and Out. An ASCAP composer, his playing career has segued from Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman to Leonard Bernstein. This season on Broadway: Chicago, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, After Midnight and City Center’s Encores.
 
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Hair & Wig Design). Broadway: After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun.
 
KATE WILSON (Dialect Coach). Roundabout: Machinal, Picnic, Edwin Drood, Talley’s Folly, Cyrano de Bergerac, Sunday in the Park..., Nine, Betrayal. Broadway: Rocky, Raisin in the Sun, Big Fish, Trip to Bountiful, Heiress, End of the Rainbow, War Horse, Stick Fly, Mountaintop, Driving Miss Daisy, Red, Seafarer, Curtains. Film & TV: Carol, “Olive Kitteridge,” ”Black Box,” Inside Llewyn Davis. Faculty: Juilliard.
 
ROBERT WITHEROW (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Million Dollar Quartet, Next to Normal, Boeing-Boeing, Avenue Q, Baz Lurmann’s La Bohème, Putting It Together. National tours: White Christmas, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof, Rent and The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Rose’s Dilemma (MTC), Dinner With Friends. Film: Burlesque..