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Amy Sherman-Palladino Joins Roundabout in Bringing ‘Violet’ to Broadway with Sutton Foster

Actress will reprise the title role in a staging based on the much-lauded concert presentation that played one night only over the summer

TV creative Amy Sherman-Palladino is getting behind her “Bunheads” star, Sutton Foster, to join New York nonprofit Roundabout Theater Company and a team of commercial producers on board a Roundabout production of tuner “Violet” that will open on Broadway in the spring.

Two-time Tony winner Foster (“Anything Goes,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) first played the title role in the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley musical in a well-received, one-night-only presentation of “Violet” over the summer as part of the City Center Encores! Off-Center series. The Roundabout’s production will be based on the Encores! staging, with helmer Leigh Silverman once again on board to direct.

Roundabout produces the show in association with a group of backers that includes Sherman-Palladino, creator of the Foster-toplined ABC Family skein “Bunheads” as well as “Gilmore Girls,” plus Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. Roundabout was also the producer of the 2011 revival of “Anything Goes,” which won Foster her most recent Tony.

No further casting for the Roundabout version of “Violet” has been set, although the City Center concert also starred Joshua Henry and Van Hughes.

The Broadway berth for the 1997 title, about a disfigured woman who puts her hopes in a televangelist to make her beautiful, makes this season a strong one for composer Tesori (“Shrek the Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”). Her newest musical outing, “Fun Home,” scored critical raves at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in the fall and is in the midst of an extended run there.

Jeffrey Page will choreograph “Violet,” which has a design team that includes David Zinn (sets), Clint Ramos (costumes), Mark Barton (lights) and Leon Rothenberg (sound).

“Violet” begins previews March 28 ahead of an April 20 opening at the American Airlines Theater.

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