Violet has plenty of sincerity and perceptive lyrics to make it endearing to watch, but the book ultimately lets it down and doesn’t allow the characters to quite shine as brightly as they could. Definite potential here – but in need of some work.
An ideal choice for an Off-West End season, Violet features an exceptional lead performance from Kaisa Hammarlund.
By the time director Shuntaro Fujita’s slick and sun-kissed production draws to a close, it’s impossible not to root for Violet’s happiness.
Great design work from Morgan Large and a strong lead performance from Kaisa Hammarlund make Violet an intriguing proposition at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Violet is a warm, considerate musical with a lot to say about the past and some real faces of the future to look out for.
Kaisa Hammarlund will play the title role in Violet, the multi-award-winning musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, which receives its UK premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a 12-week season from 14 January to 6 April 2019 (press night is 21 January) in an international co-production that will see it transfer to Tokyo.
With book and lyrics written by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, Side Show has managed two abortive runs on Broadway since premiering in 1997, so it makes sense for Southwark Playhouse to take it on with their sterling record for reinvigorating musical theatre of varying reputations.
Daisy and Violet’s true confessions make more shocking reading than anything covered in the musical: they each married a gay man – one for ten years, one for ten days – and were allegedly nymphomaniacs entertaining two or three gentleman callers a night. No wonder the book writer and lyricist skipped that part.
Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. The cast joining the previously announced Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton includes Haydn Oakley (ahead of his stint in the West End premiere of An American in Paris in the new year) as Terry Connor, Jay Marsh as Jake and Dominic Hodson as Buddy Foster.