Flora, The Red Menace

by  George Abbott, Fred Ebb, John Kander, David Thompson

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 4f

"A highly entertaining evening." - Newsday

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    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Musical cultists will remember this show as the first Broadway collaboration of Kander and Ebb as well as the Tony Award-winning debut of Liza Minnelli as Flora Mezaros. With a new, updated book that presents a romance of charming simplicity set amidst the American communist agitation during the Depression of the 1930's. Is Flora a "red menace" or just that good old Broadway stand by: a Girl in Love? Songs include "A Quiet Thing", "All I Need is One Good Break", "The Flame", "Dear Love" and "Sing Happy". From the writers of Cabaret, Zorba and Chicago.

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"A highly entertaining evening." - Newsday

"Covers familiar territory with a refreshing lightness of touch." - New York Magazine

"The score is consistently winning and often quite funny." - WQXR Radio


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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: New York City


  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Song Samples

All I Need is One Good Break
Not Everyday of the Week
Sign Here
The Flame
Palomino Pal
A Quiet Thing
Hello Waves
Dear Love
Express Yourself
Knock Knock
Sing Happy
You Are You


5m, 4f

FLORA MESZAROS - A young fashion illustrator, full of hope, optimism, and a desire to take over the world. She is absolutely guileless, willing to take on any challenge, without a trace of brassiness. 
HARRY TOUKARIAN - A shy, intense, oddly handsome artist. He stammers, especially when he is nervous. He has a romantic vision of how to make society perfect.
CHARLOTTE - A bit of a misfit, a party zealot,  she is determined to spread Communism singlehandedly. She is dry, droll -- the quintessential comic villian.
WILLY - Very boyish, spirited. A songwriter who plays the clarinet, Willy, in a sense, serves as the narrator of the play.
ELSA -  Extremely practical, pulled together, she has aspirations to be a fashion designer and has yet to get up the nerve to get her sketches around town.
MR. WEISS - A former Communist who has lost his jewelry shop to the Depression, he is kindly, knowing.
MAGGIE - Very innocent. Honest. Maggie came to New York from Oklahoma following a dust storm. She is now trying to get a break with her dance partner, Kenny.
KENNY - Moving with Ray Bolger-like limberness and comedy, he is very serious about his dancing and determined to get ahead.
MR. STANLEY - Arrow Shirt Collar-perfect. The perfect department store executive. Easily disliked.          

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George Abbott

George Abbott was an important director, author, and producer, whose distinguished career in the American theater spanned more than seven decades and gained him the title of “Mr. Broadway.” Abbott wrote his first play, a comedy-farce entitled Perfectly Harmless, while studying at the Universit ...

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Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director, and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theatre community. Mr. Kander and Mr. ...

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John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he b ...

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David Thompson

David Thompson

Flora, The Red Menace was first presented on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in May of 1965. It was directed by George Abbott and was Liza Minnelli's Broadway debut. 

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