The Scarlet Pimpernel

© Joan Marcus
Photos © Joan Marcus

The New Musical Adventure
Original Broadway Production
Minskoff Theatre, (11/9/1997 – 10/1/1998)
Minskoff Theatre, (10/10/1998 – 5/30/1999)
Scarlet Pimpernel 2.0 (revised version)
Neil Simon Theatre, (9/10/1999 – 1/2/2000)
Scarlet Pimpernel 3.0 (revised version)
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Book and Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Based on the novel “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy
Directed by Peter Hunt
Choreographed by Adam Pelty


The Scarlet Pimpernel, filled with daring rescues and flashy swordfights, is set against the backdrop of the French revolution and the ‘reign of terror,’ 1794. Sir Percy Blakeney and his league of gentlemen deliberately play the fop so as to hide their true activity of saving would-be victims of the guillotine.
However, Chauvelin, the French government’s most formidable devotee, is out to stop all who try to save the victims of the guillotine – especially the mysterious hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel. The show ends with Percy revealing himself as the Pimpernel and having a duel with Chauvelin.


A lavish musical, blazing with adventure and bursting with resplendent music.” – Michael Sommers, Star Ledger

You will love it! Wow!” – Liz Smith, New York Post