A One-Night-Only Concert Version of The Scarlet Pimpernel Will Play New York | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News A One-Night-Only Concert Version of The Scarlet Pimpernel Will Play New York Jeff Calhoun will direct the Manhattan Concert Productions presentation in February 2019.
The cast of The Scarlet Pimpernel at the 1998 Tony Awards. Steve and Anita Shevett

Manhattan Concert Productions’ seventh annual presentation in its Broadway Series will be the 1997 musical The Scarlet Pimpernel. The one-night-only event will take place February 18, 2019, at 8 PM at David Geffen Hall.

Jeff Calhoun

Two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Grease) will direct the evening with musical direction by Jason Howland. The performance will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from across the country as well as the New York City Chamber Orchestra; principal casting will be announced at a later date.

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.

The Scarlet Pimpernel joins MCP’s previous Broadway Series concert performances, which include Crazy for You, The Secret Garden, Parade, Titanic, and Ragtime.

Tickets for The Scarlet Pimpernel will go on sale in July.

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