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MusicalFare hosts regional debut of Jeanine Tesori's 'Violet'

Sometimes it takes a little gestation for a theater production to reach its full potential.

Take, for example, Jeanine Tesori's musical "Violet," which tells the story of a young woman who sets out on a cross-country journey in desperate search of a cure for her condition. It premiered off-Broadway in 1997 and but did not make its Broadway debut until 2014 in an acclaimed production starring Sutton Foster.

Locally, the show was on the schedule of MusicalFare Theatre's predecessor SummerFare in its 2000 season, but was replaced by "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Now, Western New Yorkers who have been jonesing for a taste of the show will finally have their chance. Directed by Susan Drozd and starring Michele Marie Roberts in the title role, it opens Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 3.

In his review of the Broadway revival in the New York Times, Christopher Isherwood praised Tesori's country-inflected score: "Ms. Tesori has since gone on to write more acclaimed and sophisticated shows, such as 'Caroline, or Change' and this season’s 'Fun Home, but her music for 'Violet' can stand along with her best work."

"Violet": Opens Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 3 in MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Tickets are $16 to $44. Call 839-8540 or visit

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