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Contempo Productions brings back praised Hollywood Fringe Festival production of The Scarlet Pimpernel   (5 Oct 2017)
Back by popular demand, Contempo Productions presented its production of The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Chromolume Theatre in West LA, which originated at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. At the festival, the production was described as, "A really outstanding production of a rarely seen musical." The production, directed by Katharine McDonoguh, ran from September 29 to October 8, 2017. View a video preview of the production here.


OBCTheater presents The Scarlet Pimpernel in honour of the show's 20th anniversary   (15 Sep 2017)
For one weekend only, OBCTheater, in partnership with the City of Corona and the Corona Historic Preservation Society, presented The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Historic Corona Civic Center Theater. The production starred a variety of actors from throughout Southern California from September 28 to October 2.


Contempo Productions presents The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Hollywood Fringe Festival   (8 Jun 2017)
Contempo Productions will be presenting The Scarlet Pimpernel in a reimagined form at the Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 10-23 in Los Angeles, CA. Directed by Katharine McDonough, the blackbox production uses a cast of 9 actors and 2 musicians at the Underground Theatre to bring the story to life. For more information, visit the production's information page.


EMK Productions Presents Rudolf Once Again   (12 May 2017)
The Korean production of Rudolf will be returning to Seoul for the third time, under the title of The Last Kiss. The show will be presented by EMK Musical Company at LG Arts, opening on 14 December 2017 and running through 11 March 2018. The staging is directed by Robert Johanson. Auditions are being held now and further information will be provided as soon as it is available. View the audition notice and poster for more information.


Takarazuka Revue Presents Pimpernel Once Again   (12 Mar 2017)
Japan's famous all-female Takarazuka Revue is presenting The Scarlet Pimpernel for a third time. The Star Troupe (which presented the Japanese premiere in 2008) is performing the show in Takarazuka, Japan from 10 March through 17 April, and then in Tokyo, Japan from 5 May through 11 June. The cast is led by Yuzuru Kurenai as Percy, Airi Kisaki as Marguerite and Makoto Rei as Chauvelin. Shuichiro Koike once again directs the show. In addition to the 2008 run, Pimpernel was presented in 2010 by Moon Troupe. More information is available in Japanese and in English.


Nan Honored By Dramatist's Guild Fund (11 Nov 2016)
Nan Knighton and her husband, theatre producer John Breglio, were among the honorees at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala on November 7. Nan's work was featured alongside eight other legendary playwrights, composers and lyricists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim among others. Breglio, a Broadway producer (A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls ) was recognized for being a great patron of the theatre -- having been one of the most successful entertainment laywers in New York. For a complete list of the 2016 Honorees including a list of performers who presented their work at the event and photo galleries from the gala click here.


Playbill Magazine Features The Scarlet Pimpernel in Piece About Revamped Shows    (7 Nov 2016)
Playbill Magazine mentioned The Scarlet Pimpernel in a feature article about shows that closed and retooled and later re-opened on Broadway. The article can be found here.


New Japanese Production of The Scarlet Pimpernel to Open This Month   (2 Oct 2016)
Gabriel Barre (Camille Claudel) will direct a new production of The Scarlet Pimpernel in Japan at Umeda Arts Theatre. The show, with choreography by Yurika Minato, will run from October 19 - November 29 in both Tokyo and Osaka. We caught up with Barre who had the following comments about the new production:

"We are deep in rehearsal here in Tokyo for the production and it is going really well! I truly love Tokyo and working here. The actors are terrific and the work ethic and passion is like no where else I have seen. We are creating an exciting, kinetic and beautiful physical production of the show featuring new designs by a top notch creative team here in Japan and I love working with all of them too. The show will be colorful, funny and vibrant but will also mine the dark and serious side of what is happening in France in the story, and will bring out the high stakes drama that, along with Nan's terrific book and lyrics, keep the tensions at a boiling point!

We boast a terrific cast including Kanji Ishimaru as Percy Blakeney, Kei Aran as Marguerite St. Just, and Kazutaka Ishii as Chauvelin! They are terrific for the roles and are bringing great charisma, heart and talent to the production. Kei, known as Toko, will especially delight audiences as she played the male lead, Percy, in the Takarazuka production of The Scarlet Pimpernel! In ours, the premiere of the show with both genders in the cast, she will be playing a woman of course, but will have moments that the audience will be gleefully reminded of her bravura when she played the male hero! I love working with each and every one of these terrific and creative actors....The fights created by, Hiroshi Atsumi, will be astounding and action filled, and the choreography by Yurika Minato is both exciting and beautiful!

The preparations here, and the support overall, is fantastic and the run of the show is almost completely sold out already, weeks before we open - so that is always nice."

For more information (in Japanese), please visit the Umeda Arts Theatre.


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