By  on March 17, 2010

On March 11, 1965, “Flora the Red Menace” opened at 52nd Street’s Alvin theater. The show’s star, Liza Minnelli, was just shy of 19 (her birthday was the following day), but she handled her Broadway debut like a vet. “As Flora, the Innocent Red Menace, Liza Minnelli is an enthusiastic love-me,” began WWD’s write-up. But instead of going into the details of her stellar performance ­— one that would make her the youngest person ever to win a Tony Award at the time — the piece gave readers a little insider knowledge about the quirky young star.

 

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