The Frank Wildhorn-Nan Knighton Broadway musical The Scarlet Pimpernel is in discussions for a national tour, confirmed production spokesman Adrian Bryan-Brown. The tour, according to an April 22 article in Variety, will be handled by either Pace Theatricals' The Booking Group or Dodger Endemol Productions. Pimpernel's producers are expected to sign an agreement within a month's time. Bryan-Brown said there is no start-up time at this point. Reportedly, the tour would run at least a year and stop in such cities as San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Houston.
The Scarlet Pimpernel opened at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre Nov. 11, 1997. Based on Baroness Orczy's romantic novel of the same name, it stars Terrance Mann, Christine Andreas, and Douglas Sills in the title role. Peter Hunt directed. It could not be learned whether the original cast would remain in New York and travel with the tour.
Producer Pierre Cossette was traveling and could not be reached. Fellow producer Kathleen Raitt did not return several phone calls by press time.