"Sing Happy": Kander and Ebb's Flora the Red Menace Bows at Lyric Stage Feb. 11

News   "Sing Happy": Kander and Ebb's Flora the Red Menace Bows at Lyric Stage Feb. 11
John Kander and Fred Ebb's first Broadway musical collaboration, Flora the Red Menace, starring Kristin Dausch, begins performances Feb. 11 at Lyric Stage in Irving, TX.

Anne Nieman directs and choreograph the production, which will run through Feb. 26 at the Irving Arts Center. Scott A. Eckert serves as music director. The Lyric staging reflects the 1987 Off-Broadway rewrite of Flora, which features a book by David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier).

Dausch, who performed the role of Fanny Brice in the Lyric production of Funny Girl last season, takes the role of Flora Mezaros, which was originated on Broadway by Liza Minnelli.

The cast also includes Danielle Estes, Katharine Gentsch, Jeff McGee, Doug Miller, Thomas Christopher Renner, Calvin Roberts, Jaclyn Stapp and Keith J. Warren.

Flora, which debuted on Broadway in 1965, marked the first Broadway collaboration between young songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman). The original book is by George Abbott and Robert Russell.

Though it only lasted for 87 performances on Broadway, Flora introduced Broadway audiences to a 19-year-old Minnelli, who earned her first Tony Award for starring in the title role. It also aligned Kander and Ebb with director Harold Prince, who produced the Broadway run. According to the Lyric, "Flora the Red Menace follows headstrong wannabe fashion illustrator Flora Mezaros, a member of an artists' co-operative of bohemian types struggling to find work during the Depression. Hoping to find a job paying at least $15 a week, she is hired by a large department store for $30. Flora falls in love with Harry Toukarian, another struggling artist, who attempts to convert her to his Communist ideals. Even though it compromises her job at the department store, Flora seeks to hold down both job and relationship."

Flora has sound design by Bill Eickenloff, costume design by David Blades, lighting design by Julie Moroney and properties by Jane Quetin.

For tickets phone (972) 252-2787 or visit LyricStage.

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