Go Inside Sutton Foster's 'All to Pieces' Transformation in Violet

July 30th, 2014 by

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Time is seriously running out to see one of Broadway's best sung musicals, the Tony-nominated revival of Violet. The show stars Sutton Foster as the title character, a disfigured young woman traveling through the South in 1964 to see a television preacher she hopes will heal her face. Along the way she meets a pair of handsome soldiers (Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell), and she opens up to them about all the movie stars she hopes to look like in the big number "All to Pieces."


And while it's easy to enjoy this song on vocals alone (hello!), wouldn't it be helpful to get a sense of who this character is idolizing? Who she dreams she sees in the mirror? So below, BroadwayBox is breaking down all the old Hollywood starlets Violet name-checks in "All to Pieces" and what Violet wants from each.

A pair of Gene Tierney eyes

Gene Tierney

Monty’s mouth on for size

Monty Mouth- Collin Donnell

Gypsy hair

Gypsy Esmeralda

Or the total Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse GIF

Bridget Bardot’s glare

Bridget Bardot

Ursula Andress’ legs and chest (thanks soldiers)

Ursula Andress

Elke Sommers’ hair

Elke Sommers

Judy Garland’s pretty chin

Judy Garland

Grace Kelly’s nose

Grace Kelly

Rita Hayworth’s skin

Rita Hayworth

Ava Gardner’s eyebrows

Ava Gardner

Ingrid Bergman’s cheekbones

Ingrid Bergman

You get all that? Now you should have a better sense of the song. And for our grand finale, we present what Violet might look like with all these characteristics. (We apologize in advance for Suttonstein.)

Suttonstein- Violet- Sutton Foster

You just can't unsee it.


Violet continues at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre through August 10.