This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister... discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way.



Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3


This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister… discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way.


This version is based on the 2014 Broadway Revival which the keyboard books remain unchanged from the Original 1997 Off-Broadway Production at Playwrights Horizons.

The orchestration calls for 3 keyboards with the Keyboard 1 book being conducted from the piano. There is no programming in that book but Keys 2 and 3 have programming that is essential to the sound of the show.

Keyboard 2 has a little over 20 unique instrument patches with just about 70 patch changes for the entire show. These sounds range from Strings, various woodwinds, Banjo, and Organ to Harmonica, Accordion, and Hammond B3 to name just a few.

Keyboard 3 has close to 35 unique instrument patches with close to 100 patch changes for the show. These sounds really help give the show the Gospel and Folk sound that the score evokes. Many of these sounds include the iconic Pedal Steel Guitar, various woodwinds, Fender Rhodes, as well as Strings, Autoharp, Mandolin, and Percussion. Many of the SFX found on the cast album are triggered in the programming for this book as well. The Pedal Steel Guitar licks that you hear on the cast album in All to Pieces is found in our programming via a licensing agreement with the original player. Those samples are triggered by single notes that are notated in the score and are included with your license when you use our programming.


Book & Lyrics by: Brian Crawley
Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by: Doris Betts
Musical Director: Michael Rafter
Music orchestrated by: Rick Bassett, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red
Additional arrangement for “Raise Me Up” by: Jason Michael Webb

Conducted by: Michael Rafter
Associate Conductor: Jason Michael Webb
Keyboard 2: Jason Michael Webb
Keyboard 3: Shawn Gough
Cello: Emily Brausa
Guitars: Sean Driscoll and Matt Hinkley
Bass: Leo Huppert
Drums: Sean McDaniel
Violin: Justin Smith
Musical Coordinator: Seymour ‘Red’ Press
Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Katharine Edmonds/Emily Grishman


Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.  With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections.”


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Our keyboard patches require the industry standard MainStage 3® application available only in the Apple App Store. This is only available for Mac computers running MacOS. MainStage® is NOT available for Mac iOS devices such as the iPad. We apologize that our programming is not available for Windows users at this time.

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