Flora The Red Menace Description
Release date: 1965.
Type: Broadway musical.
Flora the Red Menace is a musical with a book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The original 1965 production starred Liza Minnelli in the title role in her Broadway debut, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. This was the first collaboration between Kander and Ebb, who later wrote Broadway and Hollywood hits such as Cabaret and Chicago.
Although not full of well-known or show-stopping numbers, the score does present a valuable insight into the later work of Kander and Ebb. Like Cabaret and Chicago, it features a headstrong heroine and has a strong dose of political content.
Harry is swooning after Flora, who he has turned communist, but having an affair with Charlotte. Jealousy runs wild, Flora loses her job, Harry wants to get married, and Flora has to decide where her loyalties lie.