2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1959)
This sexy murder mystery involves music halls, cunning disguises, unforgettable songs and a killer on the loose.
Redhead won 5 TONY Awards when it opened in 1959, including Best
Musical. Featuring the legendary Gwen Verdon in the title role and
marking the directing
debut of none other than Bob Fosse, this Golden Age smash features
great songs, high-spirited dancing, and a murder mystery, too!
When a young actress is murdered in 1900s London, the enterprising
Simpson Sisters' Waxworks installs a tableau of the grisly deed. Muscle
man Tom Baxter,
the actress' friend, comes to complain, and there he meets Essie
Whimple, a plain girl with a hyperactive imagination. Smitten with Tom,
Essie pretends to
have been attacked by the murderer, as well, and hijinks ensue -
complete with cunning disguises, spine-tingling chases, and an ill-fated
show at the Odeon
With a large ensemble cast, Redhead has a variety of great roles for
a strong chorus, in addition to a star turn for a "triple-threat" lead
winning, Golden Age score featuring toe-tapping melodies by Albert
Hague and witty, memorable lyrics by Dorothy Fields paired with the
component make this show a surefire crowd-pleaser.
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