The 1997 musical The Scarlet Pimpernel, Manhattan Concert Productions’ seventh annual presentation in its Broadway Series, is presented February 18 at 8 PM at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall.
Tony Yazbeck, recently seen in the City Center engagement of A Chorus Line, stars as Percy Blakeney with Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) as Marguerite, Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Porgy and Bess) as Chauvelin, Bandstand and Newsies star Corey Cott as Armand, Dana Costello (Finding Neverland, Jekyll and Hyde) as Marie, Jersey Boys and Waitress leading man Drew Gehling as the Prince of Wales/Robespierre, Alex Newell (recently on Broadway in Once On This Island) as Farleigh, Kevin Duda as Elton and Coupeau, Chris Dwan as Hal and Tussaud, John Treacy Egan as Ozzy, Kevin Kern as Ben and Mercier, Ashley Loren as Helene, Eliseo Roman as Dewhurst, and Yasmeen Sulieman as Chloe.
Gabriel Barre directs the evening, with musical direction by Jason Howland. The performance features a chorus of over 200 singers from across the country as well as the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
The creative team also includes set designer Caite Hevner, lighting designer Jason Kantrowitz, sound designer Dave Horowitz, costume designer Heather C. Jackson, production stage manager Chris Zaccardi, associate stage manager Willy Kinch, associate director-choreographer Jennifer Paulson Lee, assistant director Lauren Widner, fight director Sordelet Inc: Rick Sordelet, associate lighting designer and programmer Jackson Miller, with casting by Telsey & Company: Craig Burns, CSA, Casting Juniper. The production manager is Juniper Street Productions.
With music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan 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.
The musical made its Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theatre in 1997 and ran through January 2000 with two additional incarnations—including a move to the Neil Simon Theatre.
Photos: A Sneak Peek at Manhattan Concert Production’s The Scarlet Pimpernel
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(Updated February 18, 2019)