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Perez Reviews: Violet

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Sutton Foster is not even 40 years old yet and she is already one of the greatest musical theater actresses of all time!!!!

Like Audra McDonald, there seems to be nothing Sutton can't do on the stage!

In the Roundabout Theater Company's new Broadway production of Violet, Foster plays the title character, for which she was just nominated for a Tony, and she gets to show so much range as an actress/singer.

This isn't her typical musical comedy role. This is a character in pain, disfigured, seeking salvation, LONGING for love and so vulnerable! And Sutton plays all those moments beautifully, as well as adding some much-needed lightheartedness also.

Foster is in the show almost the entire time, which means we are blessed with song after song in which she's soars - solo or with a partner.

Her voice sounds SOOOOOO GOOD in this!!!

Lots of great tunes in this show, with church number Raise Me Up particularly bringing the roof down!

And besides Sutton, Joshua Henry is also superb as a potential suitor of Violet's.

The show is very satisfying, BUT….

It would have been even more enjoyable under different direction!

Director Leigh Silverman's vision seemed basic and uninspired. And some of his choices were just misguided.

Having the orchestra on stage in this show really took away. It felt like an Encores production, which is where this revival of Violet began. But it shouldn't have remained that way for the Broadway transfer!

Whereas in Chicago, which also got its revival start at Encores, the orchestra is addressed and makes sense - in Violet the orchestra is ignored and unnecessary on stage. They're distracting!

So many moments could have been more beautiful and poignant if there ware more of a set for them and lighting focus.

And, another puzzling decision, for which we can only blame the director, is the choice to have Sutton's character NOT have a visible scar. Violet suffered a serious accident at a young age and was left with a horrible facial reminder, which affects the way people treat her, yet that is not visually represented on Foster's face.

We didn't need Phantom Of The Opera makeup, but we needed SOMETHING!

Thankfully, though, the show's music and actors more than make up for those shortcomings.

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6 comments to “Perez Reviews: Violet

  1. CC says – reply to this


    *sigh* the whole point of the show is that there's nothing actually wrong with her… that's why there is no scar… come on.

  2. lf says – reply to this


    Leigh Silverman is a WOMAN. Why assume Leigh is a male and why not just google the name to make sure before publishing?

  3. tempe says – reply to this


    Re: lf – This site has ALWAYS been full of factual errors
    Suddenly Perez can afford Broadway tickets and now he thinks he's a NY Broadway critic.
    You can add that to his list of failures,

  4. adblockplus says – reply to this


    Thank god only readers on here would ever read his "Perez reviews" . No news organization/website would ever publish his horrific reviews. They are just god awful.

  5. keyth says – reply to this


    Calling his ramblings "Perez Reviews" is a reminder of his overly huge ego and an embarrassment to NY Broadway critics.
    "Perez Reviews", "Music Mogul, "Queen of all Media, Perezisms" . These laughable self described terms are just that self SELF described. You need to EARN it.
    By being able to afford Broadway tickets and attend them weekly does not make you a true critic.

  6. M says – reply to this


    There is never a scar on any Violet! Get it together.