|Awards||Tony Award for Best Musical|
Redhead is a musical with music composed by Albert Hague and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, who with her brother, Herbert, along with Sidney Sheldon and David Shaw wrote the book/libretto. Set in London in the 1880s, around the time of Jack the Ripper, the musical is a murder mystery in the setting of a wax museum.
Productions and background
Herbert and Dorothy Fields wrote the musical, then titled The Works for Beatrice Lillie. When Sidney Sheldon joined the writing team, it was rewritten for Gwen Verdon, who just had two smash hits on Broadway (Damn Yankees and New Girl in Town). Verdon took the lead on the condition that Bob Fosse would be the director as well as choreographer, making this his debut as a director.
Redhead opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre) on February 5, 1959, and closed on March 19, 1960, after 452 performances. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed. Production design was by Rouben Ter-Arutunian and lighting design was by Jean Rosenthal. The cast starred Verdon and Richard Kiley. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Neil Ripley was involved.
The Costa Mesa Playhouse in Costa Mesa, California known for mounting lesser-known, unique, and obscure musicals had a successful run of Redhead in June 1981.
Original Broadway Cast
- Essie Whimple - Gwen Verdon
- Tom Baxter - Richard Kiley
- Ruth LaRue - Pat Ferrier
- Howard Cavanaugh - William LeMassena
- Maude Simpson - Cynthia Latham
- Sarah Simpson - Doris Rich
- George Poppett - Leonard Stone
- Inspector White - Ralph Sumpter
- May - Joy Nichols
- Tilly - Pat Perrier
- Alfy - Lee Krirger
- Sir Charles Willingham - Patrick Horgan
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1959||Tony Award||Best Musical||Won|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Richard Kiley||Won|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical||Gwen Verdon||Won|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||Leonard Stone||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Bob Fosse||Won|
|Best Conductor and Musical Director||Jay Blackton||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Rouben Ter-Arutunian||Won|
- Internet Broadway Database listing
- Redhead at the Music Theatre International website
- Guinness Who's Who of Stage Musicals - editor, Colin Larken, ISBN 0-85112-756-8
- New York Public Library Blog on Redhead