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Violet: A Musical Reviews

Mercury Theater (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

42 ratings
4.3 average rating
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24 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

We saw a preview which had some technical issues but the announcement clearly stated what it would be and that the show would go on and it certainly did! LOVED THE VOCALS!!!! LOVED THE VOCALS!!!! LOVED THE VOCALS!!!! LOVED THE VOCALS!!!! The...continued

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5 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

The voices in this musical were definitely Broadway quality (actually much better than some of the Broadway voices I've heard in NYC)! A fabulous play ... superb talent. Very good and rather complex story when you think beyond the surface of...continued

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

The new Bailiwick has assembled a fantastic production that deserves to be seen. The cast is top-notch and vocally, often excels the original recording of this gem of a musical. I'm highly recommending this production to everyone and plan to see...continued

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42 reviews
8 stars
attended Sep 25 2011

I very much enjoyed the music. The singing was outstanding. There is no catchy tune that you leave the theater with.

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29 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

Even with the lighting issues during the first preview, this show was amazing. Strong performances and vocals. Very absorbing.

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Chunsa
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6 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

I saw the preview Saturday evening and had a great time. Their lighting board completely shorted out just prior to the show so we were left with only the default set lighting. But despite the lighting fiasco, the cast was very talented and the...continued

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3 reviews
10 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

Despite the fact that there were lighting issues that could not be resolved, resulting in the performance being played with full houselights on, and no stage lighting, Violet was a moving, melodic success. This story of a young woman's odyssey in...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

The Saturday night preview was tepid, at best. I wasn't bothered by the lack of theatrical lighting - the light board was on the fritz and they ended up doing the show under general work lights - which I was warned about by the front-of-house...continued

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Don
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19 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 15 2011

The play was different yet good. Parking was difficult to find.

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16 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

An excellent group of actors did a wonderful job in their first preview performance under difficult circumstances. They discovered their light board program would not work and after trying repeatedly to reboot had to perform with all the house...continued

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7 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 08 2011

I thought the live music and singing were great! The only weak part of the musical was the story but the stellar performances made up for it.

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Lee
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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 15 2011

I was very pleased with this play, as the acting and singing was excellent. The story line was at first a little confusing, but once it was clear, I and my friends really liked it, and also the music was very good. The only thing not so good was...continued

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5 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 17 2011

The story is strong and thought provoking while avoiding the predictable pitfalls one could expect from a story with racial undertones about a southern woman. The voices were beautiful, but the music wasn't memorable. I saw it in on a preview...continued

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

A great play, great songs and strong singing and acting. Plus the Mercury Theatre is a super venue.

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

A wonderful, meaningful musical done very well and staged at a charming theater space, the Mercury theater. I fully enjoyed the performance and the theater.

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3 reviews
7 stars
attended Oct 15 2011

A cross-country journey during which a disfigured young woman tries to find the "healer" to help; her. During her trip she learns that inner beauty is the most important....and love conquers all. A lovely story; strong voices, good sound...continued

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 20 2011

I enjoyed the play very much. I think Violet should have some disfigurement to go along with the story. It was hard to feel and see the pain with a pretty woman playing the part of Violet.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 14 2011

The singing voices were beautiful! But...where was the heart of the theater - the acting? As actors, we have the responsibility to affect and be affected by one another on the stage - to tell a story! For a professional show, I was dumbfounded...continued

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2 reviews
4 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

Music was cleverly orignal, and the cast voices were outstanding in delivering that beautiful music.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 15 2011

The actor sang very well. The play had a nice mix of singing and dialog,and was very enjoyable and worth the money to see.The play was broken up into 2 acts about 1hour 15 min and then after a 15 min break 45 minute second act. I think violet...continued

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