Flora the Red Menace is not one of Kander and Ebb‘s more well known shows, but it has one song that i know and really like (It’s a Quiet Thing). Strangely the only decent version of it i can find is Liza Minelli singing to Kermit the Frog:
The best version of this i heard years ago in a Kander and Ebb musical revue “And the World Goes Round”.
Flora the Red Menace has had a successful run recently at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre and is transferring to The Landor Theatre for a limited 3 week run.
From the Landor: “Flora The Red Menace – Last seen professionally in London over 17 years ago. Penned by award winning songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb (who went on to write the award winning Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider woman) in 1965 as a star vehicle for Liza Minnelli for which she won the Tony award for Best Actress.”
Here’s what the Press are saying.
Katy Baker brings a punchy, feisty vitality to the title role of Flora, an unemployed illustrator who is persuaded to become a Communist party supporter. She’s like a younger cross between Caroline O’Connor and Tracie Bennett – no bad thing to be – as she reveals her quirky individuality and a yearning vulnerability to one of Kander and Ebb’s best-ever ballads A Quiet Thing – The Stage
I defy you not to enjoy this show – Remote Goat
Flora bristles and bubbles with such energy that one feels helplessly swept up on a wave – Whatsonstage.com
An engaging story with a delightful score – A Younger Theatre
All Star Productions, gives this surprise gift of a musical the high quality platform it deserves – UK Theatre Network
Katy Baker’s Flora is a dynamo of energy and she belts out her songs convincingly – What’s On The Fringe