Sutton Foster to return to Broadway in ‘Violet’

NEW YORK — One of Broadway’s biggest stars is coming back: Sutton Foster.

The Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that the two-time Tony Award winner will star in the musical “Violet” directed by Leigh Silverman. Previews begin in March with an opening slated for April 20 at the American Airlines Theatre.

The show features music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. It’s based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, which tells the tale of a disfigured woman’s journey to feel beautiful again.

Latest Jodi Picoult release is short story

NEW YORK — Jodi Picoult’s latest publication is a short story on a large subject: Race.

“We tend to get very itchy and uncomfortable talking about race and to me it’s exactly what we ought to be talking about,” the author of best-sellers such as “My Sister’s Keeper” and “Nineteen Minutes” said in a recent telephone interview.

Picoult’s “The Color War” just came out through Byliner, an online publisher that releases brief works of fiction and nonfiction, with authors ranging from Jon Krakauer to Margaret Atwood.

“The Color War,” an 8,000-word narrative priced at $1.99, tells of a young boy from the city sent to a Bible camp who becomes fascinated by a white counselor, Melody. Picoult said she first thought of the story 20 years ago, when she was teaching in Concord, Mass., outside of Boston, and kids were bused in for what was presumably a better education.

“I wanted to focus on that dichotomy between the good-hearted white person who is trying to offer charity and yet maybe is pushing on someone who does not want it or need it,” Picoult says. “Maybe charity is not just about what you can give, but what you can learn from a certain person. That’s something which comes up in this story.”

ABC’s Robach ready to get back to work

NEW YORK — Amy Robach of ABC News says she can’t wait to get back to work following her double mastectomy but has more cancer treatments ahead of her.

She had the surgery last week. The 40-year-old correspondent’s breast cancer was discovered through a mammogram she underwent on “Good Morning America” a month earlier.

Robach revealed that a second malignant tumor had been detected during her mastectomy. Because the cancer spread to a lymph node, she said she will need further treatment.

She says she expects to come back to work the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Associated Press