The Scarlet Pimpernel, the romantic pop musical from Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn and book writer-lyricist Nan Knighton that premiered on Broadway in 1997, will return to New York for a one-night-only concert staging at David Geffen Hall February 18, 2019.
Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) will star as Marguerite opposite Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Porgy and Bess) as Chauvelin, with Bandstand and Newsies star Corey Cott as Armand and Dana Costello (Finding Neverland, Jekyll and Hyde) as Marie. Jersey Boys and Waitress leading man Drew Gehling will play the Prince of Wales/Robespierre. Additional casting will be announced.
Manhattan Concert Productions presents The Scarlet Pimpernel, which will feature a chorus of 200 and a full symphony orchestra.
Gabriel Barre replaces the previously announced Jeff Calhoun as the show's director. Jason Howland serves as music supervisor.
With music by Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Knighton, The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on Baroness Orczy’s 20th century novel of the same name, which takes place at the peak of the French Revolution and the fight for liberty, equality, and fraternity. Set in England and France, the musical tells the story of English nobleman Sir Percy Blakeney, who adopts a secret identity to battle the forces of evil during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.