Two men in WWII era military uniforms sit on a bench and talk to a young woman in a dress who reads a magazine. Behind them is a news stand with the words "Nashville News" on its sign.
Erin Driscoll as Violet with Kevin McAllister and James Gardiner in the Ford’s Theatre production of the musical Violet, directed by Jeff Calhoun. Photo by Carol Rosegg.


date January 24, 2014 — February 23, 2014

A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth. Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change, Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie) returns with a dynamic score of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. Directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies).

Artistic Team

Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts
Director Jeff Calhoun
Music Jeanine Tesor
Lyrics and book Brian Crawley
Music Direction Jay Crowder
Scenic Design Tobin Ost
Costume Design Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Design Michael Gilliam
Sound Design David Budries
Projection Design Aaron Rhyne
Wig and Make-Up Design Anne Nesmith
Dialects Susanne Sulby
Production Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kilbane


Headshot of Erin Driscoll.

Erin Driscoll


Headshot for James Gardiner.

James Gardiner


Headshot for Kevin McAllister.

Kevin S. McAllister


Headshot of Bobby Smith.

Bobby Smith


Headshot for Lauren Williams.

Lauren Williams

Young Vi

Headshot for Madeline Botteri.

Madeline Botteri

Bus Passenger/Congregant/Club Patron/Choir/Understudy

Headshot for Troy Harper.

Troy Hopper

Bus Passenger/Bus Boy/Congregant/Club Patron/Choir/Understudy

Kellee Knighten Hough

Bus Passenger/Land Lady/Lula

Headshot of actor Gregory Maheu

Gregory Maheu

Bus Drivers 1 and 4/Preacher/Filthy Man/Radio Singer/Understudy

Amy McWilliams

Old Ladies 1 and 2/Hotel Singer

Headshot for Nova Payton.

Nova Y. Paton

Bus Passenger/Music Hall Singer/Mabel/Understudy

Stephen F. Schmidt

Bus Passenger/Leroy Evans/Waiter/Radio Singer/Bus Driver 3/Earl/Understudy

Headshot for Chris Sizemore.

Chris Sizemore

Bus Passenger/Bus Driver 2/Virgil/Radio Singer/Billy Dean/Creepy Guy

Headshot for Katie McManus.

Katie McManus


Stephen Gregory Smith


Artistic Team

Keyboard I/Conductor Jay Crowder
Keyboard II Victor Simonson
Violin Doug Dubé
Bass Deborah M. Brudvig
Bass Jeff Cooper
Guitar 1 Dan Hovey
Guitar 2 Wiley Porter
Percussion Danny Villanueva

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