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Redhead (Musical)

Redhead is a Broadway musical set in London in the 1880s, around the time of Jack the Ripper. It is a murder mystery in the setting of a waxworks museum. The music was composed by Albert Hague & the lyrics by Dorothy Fields, who with her brother, Herbert, and Sidney Sheldon were responsible for the story. The leading parts were taken by Gwen Verdon and Richard Kiley, and the original production was particularly notable for its direction and choreography by Bob Fosse, who was married to Verdon at the time. The show opened at the 46th Street Theatre, New York, on February 5, 1959, and ran for 452 performances. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Jack the Ripper is the pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished Whitechapel area of London, England in the second half of 1888. ... Dorothy Fields (July 15, 1905 - March 28, 1974) was an American librettist and lyricist who wrote well over 400 songs for Broadway musicals and films. ... Sidney Sheldon Sidney Sheldon (born February 11, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois), is an American screenwriter and novelist. ... Gwen Verdon (January 13, 1925 - October 18, 2000) was an acclaimed Tony Award winning American dancer and actress. ... Richard Paul Kiley (31 March 1922 – 5 March 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Original Broadway Cast

  • Ruth LaRue - Pat Ferrier
  • Howard Cavanaugh - William Le Massena
  • Maude Simpson - Cynthia Latham
  • Sarah Simpson - Doris Rich
  • George Poppett - Leonard Stone
  • Inspector White - Ralph Sumpter
  • Essie Whimple - Gwen Verdon
  • Tom Baxter - Richard Kiley
  • May - Joy Nichols
  • Tilly - Pat Perrier
  • Alfy (Stage Doorman) - Lee Krirger
  • Sir Charles Willingham - Patrick Horgan


  • "At the Simpson Sisters' Waxworks"--Ensemble
  • "The Right Finger of My Left Hand"--Essie
  • "Just For Once"--Essie, Tom, and George
  • "Merely Marvelous"--Essie
  • "Uncle Sam Rag"--George and Ensemble
  • "'Erbie Fitch's Twitch"--Essie
  • "Not Enough Woman For Me"--Tom and George
  • "Behave Yourself"--Essie, Maude, Sarah, and Tom
  • "Look Who's In Love"--Essie and Tom
  • "Just Enough Woman For Me"--Tom and Ensemble
  • "Essie's Vision"--Essie and Ensemble
  • "Two Faces In the Dark"--Tenor and Ensemble
  • "I'm Back in Circulation"--Tom
  • "We Loves Ya, Jimey"--Essie, May, Tilly, and Ensemble
  • "Pick-Pocket Tango"--Essie and Jailer
  • "I'll Try"--Essie and Tom
  • "Finale"--Essie, Tom, and Company


Guinness Who's Who of Stage Musicals - editor Colin Larken ISBN 0-85112-756-8

Playbill of 46th Street Theatre

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