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The Drowsy Chaperone (musical)

Sutton Foster gives a scarred performance as 'Violet'

Sutton Foster gives a scarred performance as 'Violet'

A little more than halfway through "Violet," the musical revival that recently opened on Broadway, the show's central characters gather in a Memphis dance hall. The band, playing directly behind the actors, starts thumping, and people start boogieing.

The tempo builds, and a bluesy singer suggestively belts out:

Hey, I'm dyin'

I'm dyin' to do somethin' wrong

There's no denyin'

Denyin' strings it along

As the crowd around her swings, the show's title character, played by Sutton Foster, almost imperceptibly begins to tap her feet. But as soon as Violet starts to move just that tiny bit, the music stops and...

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