“Violet” review: The Kansas City Star

It’s tough to imagine a production of “Violet,” a musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Brian Crawley, with more committed performances than you’ll see at Just Off Broadway Theatre.

This production from Spinning Tree Theatre makes for a remarkable two hours.

I saw the Broadway version with Sutton Foster in the title role last spring. Athough respectably done on every level, the show felt chilly and distant. Tesori’s dynamic score signals at the outset that this musical is supposed to generate heat. The Spinning Tree show, co-directed and co-choreographed by Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst, certainly does that.

-Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

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