Review: B’way’s ‘Violet’ shows beauty in its score

April 21, 2014 2:03 AM

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“Violet,” which opened Sunday at the American Airlines Theatre, makes a Broadway debut with just a few chairs, a simple bed, no big costume changes and a score so rich and sublime that you’ll hardly notice anything is missing.

Sutton Foster stars as a young North Carolina woman in 1964, learning to let go of the scars of childhood in a story based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. Accidentally maimed by her father as a teenager in an ax mishap, Violet years later goes on a cross-country bus trip hoping to have her ...

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