THE RETURN OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
REVIEW: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
BY RYAN M . LUÉVANO
Following its three-show run at the Underground Theatre during this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, Contempo Productions is back with an extended run of the swashbuckling adventure musical The Scarlet Pimpernel. This unfamiliar musical, with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, is based on the novel of the same name and follows the audacious and reckless hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel, during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. The musical opened and closed on Broadway from 1997-1999 failing to maintain momentum each time and losing the Tony award for best musical to The Lion King in 1998.