Review On VIOLET


Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic


Unless you're a musical theatre aficionado or follow the work of composer the brilliant composer Jeanine Tesori, you may have never heard of the 2014 musical Violet. But just because show's name isn't familiar, doesn't mean that Violet should be overlooked. Violet may not have the sparkle of a commercial musical that can sustain on the Great White Way, but its story, means of storytelling and country, blues, gospel, honky-tonk score make for a captivating night at the theatre.

The musical tells the story of a young woman with a scar on her face who endeavors to travel by bus to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed by a TV evangelist. What's more the production by the Actors Co-Op Theatre Company, under the direction of Richard Israel, draws out all the richness of this musical gem for a L.A. revival that is stirring from beginning to end.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.