“A year ago Capital City promised Madison a big show with Broadway talent, and they’ve definitely delivered.”
— Madison Magazine

“Capital City Theatre was not about to open their first season quietly. They’ve merged Broadway marquees with Madisonian charms.”
— Broadway World

“Capital City Theatre’s new production of the musical “Violet,” . . . features an impressive cast of singers and a winning score with shades of gospel and bluegrass.”
— The Cap Times

“With a uniformly impressive cast, a genius set and many heartfelt performances, Capital City Theatre launched a solid inaugural production.”
— Isthmus.com

“. . .with this production, Capital City Theater has indeed entered the Madison arts community embracing its mission: presenting cutting-edge works, employing top national and local talent and grooming young, future stars. Based on the warm welcome the company received on opening night, local audiences will look forward to seeing more productions from the company in the future.”
— Isthmus.com

“It’s easy to love the clever economy of Keith Pitts’ set. The stage is back dropped by an oversized road map that hides a set of three doors that get put to interesting use later in the show. Boards and mirrors on rollers move around to change locales and keep things interesting. There isn’t a ton of stage space in Music Hall, but Pitts has definitely maximized it.”
— Madison Magazine

“(Kevin) McAllister not only portrays Flick with humor and clear-eyed affection, he also pours himself into every song, his gorgeous, resonant voice filling the theater.”
— Isthmus.com

“If the program didn’t detail which of the actors were Broadway vets and which were locals, you’d consider putting Nichols in the former category—he’s that good here.”
— Madison Magazine

ABOUT OUR STAR

“As the physically scarred and emotionally damaged Violet, an earnest Leigh Ann Larkin immediately draws the audience in. Her clear, haunting singing voice is as straightforward as her character. . . .”
— Isthmus.com

“The quality of the voices here is outstanding, and it buoys the show. Larkin easily inhabits both the pain and hopefulness of her character. She’s matched stride for stride by Madison’s Olivia De Waart, who plays Violet as a wounded teenager. You can see the echoes of the adult Violet in almost every aspect of her performance.”
— Madison Magazine

Leigh Ann Larkin

Capital City Theatre is thrilled to announce Broadway veteran Leigh Ann Larkin in the title role of CCT’s inaugural production of Violet. Ms. Larkin is best known to Broadway audiences as Petra in the 2009 Broadway revival of A Little Night Music (starring Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Dainty June in Gypsy (with Patti LuPone) as well as the hysterical Downton Abbey Youtube parody, Downton Abbey at 54 Below. She has toured the country with the Disney musical On the Record and starred in the new Barry Manilow musical Harmony at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2014.

“Director Stephen Amato, hailing from New York City, has done a phenomenal job with this cast.”
— Broadway World

THE STORY

Violet, written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, was recently on Broadway and nominated for Best Musical Revival of 2014. The musical is an adaptation of Doris Betts The Ugliest Pilgrim, and is the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime.

“But the most unlikely thing about Violet is that it makes of these horrible and troubling specificities, a work of great resonance and beauty and joy. (It’s also surprisingly sexy.)”
— Jesse Green, New York Magazine