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Scarlet Pimpernel

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Based on the 1905 novel by Baroness Orczy, this swashbuckling ‘New Musical Adventure’ swept into the Minskoff Theatre in New York on 9 November 1997. Although Nan Knighton’s book ...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
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230 words

... Pimpernel [Lit.] The name assumed by the English nobleman Sir Percy Blakeney , the hero of a series of novels by Baroness Orczy , including The Scarlet Pimpernel ( 1905 ). Apparently a lazy fop, Blakeney uses ingenious disguises to outwit his opponents and rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution. He reveals his true identity to no one, not even to those he rescues, but leaves the sign of a small red flower, the scarlet pimpernel, as his calling-card whenever he has effected a rescue. The Scarlet Pimpernel's...

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The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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2005

... Pimpernel, The , Baroness Orczy , 1905 , Greening. The bestselling story of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a band of young English gentlemen, dedicated to the rescue of innocent aristocratic victims of the French Revolution and subsequent Reign of Terror. Their leader, Sir Percy Blakeney, continually outwits the enemy (personified by the cunning intellectual, Chauvelin) not simply through plain courage but also by his use of disguise and his sheer insouciance. Blakeney similarly disguises his identity from his society friends in England (and even,...

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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132 words

...Scarlet Pimpernel, The ( 1905 ) An immensely popular historical novel by Baroness Orczy . It is the year 1792 , and scores of French aristocrats have escaped the guillotine thanks to an organization with an anonymous head, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’. This is none other than Sir Percy Blakeney, an English fop with a languid manner (‘Demmed uncomfortable things, duels, ain’t they?’ he remarks when challenged). Blakeney makes up a rhyme which expresses the French government’s predicament: We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere...

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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277 words

... Pimpernel, The (Minskoff Theatre 1997 ). A costume musical adventure based on Baroness Orcy 's 1905 swashbuckling novel, the show underwent three Broadway premieres in its efforts to become a hit. The English aristocrat Percy Blakeney (Douglas Sills) seems a worthless fop to his wife Marguerite (Christine Andreas) and others in 1794 London. In reality it is a put-on show. Percy disguises himself as the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel and rescues people from the guillotine in revolution-torn France, despite the machinations of the diabolical...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

... Pimpernel . The fictional spy hero created by Baroness Orczy for her bestselling novel The Scarlet Pimpernel ( 1905 ). His real name is Sir Percy Blakeney and he is the head of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a band of young Englishmen pledged to rescue the aristocratic victims of the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution. He outwits his French opponents through his courage and ingenious disguises, identifying himself in his secret rescue missions by a signet ring with the image of a scarlet pimpernel flower. The verse with which...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
59 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
50 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
23 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
42 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
42 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
46 words
Scarlet Pimpernel, The

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
553 words

...‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, ‘Where’s The Girl?’, ‘The Creation Of Man’, ‘The Riddle’, ‘They Seek Him Here’, ‘Only Love’, ‘She Was There’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘You Are My Home’. Critics were quick to point out that predictably there were several ‘repetitive, broken hearted songs suitable for pop divas’ in there. As an established pop songwriter ( Whitney Houston ’s US number 1, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’), Wildhorn likes his tunes to have a life outside the theatre. He also believes in concept albums. The one in 1992 that introduced The Scarlet Pimpernel to the...

Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel  

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Based on the 1905 novel by Baroness Orczy, this swashbuckling ‘New Musical Adventure’ swept into the Minskoff Theatre in New York on 9 November 1997. Although Nan Knighton’s book ‘clarifies’ ...
Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel  

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Baroness Orczy, 1905, Greening.The bestselling story of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a band of young English gentlemen, dedicated to the rescue of innocent aristocratic victims of the ...
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pimpernel  

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Small, trailing annual plant of the genus Anagallis, native to Britain and the USA. The single, small, five petalled flowers are scarlet, white or blue. The yellow pimpernel, a creeping European ...
Rachel York

Rachel York  

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(1971– ).Stage, film, and television performer. An attractive blonde singer–actress, she has moved from playing sexy ingénues to more complex and mature roles in musicals. York was born in Orlando ...
Terence Mann

Terence Mann  

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(1951– ).Stage, film, and television performer. The rugged, weathered-looking leading man, usually cast as villains or anti-heroes, has given outstanding performances in musical hits and flops. Mann ...
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard  

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Baroness Orczy, 1910, Cassell.Lady Molly combines aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Orczy's most famous creation, the Scarlet Pimpernel. Like Holmes, she has a faithful companion ...
Marc Kudisch

Marc Kudisch  

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(1966– ).Stage performer. A powerful, masculine leading man with a playful streak to his performances, he has recently become much in demand for Broadway musicals. Kudisch was born in Hackensack ...
Frank Wildhorn

Frank Wildhorn  

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(1960– ).Stage composer and lyricist. Never a critics' favorite, the busy songwriter has conquered the world of pop music and Broadway, sometimes at the same time. Wildhorn was raised in ...

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