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State Fair   

Music Box Theatre, (3/27/1996 - 6/30/1996)
First Preview: Mar 20, 1996 Total Previews: 8
Opening Date: Mar 27, 1996    
Closing Date: Jun 30, 1996 Total Performances: 110

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Five days in late August of 1946 on the Frake farm in Brunswick, Iowa and at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

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Theatre Owned / Operated by The Estate of Irving Berlin and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President; Philip J. Smith: Executive VP; Robert E. Wankel: VP-Finance)
Produced by David Merrick, Philip Langner, Robert Franz, Natalie Lloyd, Jonathan C. Herzog, Meredith Blair and Gordon Smith; Produced in association with Mark N. Sirangelo and The PGI Entertainment Company; Presented through special arrangement with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library
Originally produced by The Theatre Guild; Pre-Broadway National Tour produced by Sonny Everett, Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Matt Garfield and Ron Kumin; Pre-Broadway National Tour associate producer: David Young and Norma Langworthy; Pre-Broadway National Tour produced by arrangement with Celia Lipton Productions, Inc.; Pre-Broadway National Tour produced in association with The North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli; Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the novel by Phil Stong; Music orchestrated by Bruce Pomahac; Musical Director: Kay Cameron; Vocal arrangements by Kay Cameron; Dance arrangements by Scot Woolley
Co - Director: James Hammerstein and Randy Skinner; Choreographed by Randy Skinner
Scenic Design by James Leonard Joy; Costume Design by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair Design by George M. Fraggos
Executive Producer: Thomas Viertel; General Manager: Ralph Roseman; Company Manager: Tom Domenici
Production Stage Manager: Warren Crane; Stage Manager: Donald Christy and Anita Ross; Technical Supervisor: Gene O'Donovan
Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Kay Cameron; Associate Conductor: Robert Berman; Keyboard: Robert Berman and Pam Sumner; Drums: Rich Rosenzweig; Bass: Leon Maleson; Percussion: Louis Oddo; Trumpet: Peter Olstad, Gregory L. Gisbert and Phil Granger; Trombones: Larry Farrell and Rock Ciccarone; Tuba: Marcus Rojas; French Horns: David Wakefield and Leise Anschuetz Paer; Woodwinds: Steve Kenyon, Charles Pillow, Scott Shachter and Don McGeen; Violins: Robert Shaw and Cecilia Hobbs Gardner; Viola: Debra Shufelt; Cello: Daniel D. Miller; Harp: Park Stickney
Dance Captain: Kelli Barclay; Casting: Caro Jones and Pat McCorkle; General Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Boneau / Bryan-Brown
Kathryn Crosby
Melissa Frake
Abel's wife
John Davidson
Abel Frake
Andrea McArdle
Margy Frake
Wayne's sister
Donna McKechnie
Emily Arden
Scott Wise
Pat Gilbert
a newspaper reporter
Ben Wright
Wayne Frake
son of Abel and Melissa
Jackie Angelescu
Midway Pig
the Chief of Police's daughter
Kelli Barclay
Midway Cow
Leslie Bell
a cooch dancer
Peter Benson
Margy's boyfriend
Linnea Dakin
SuEllen Estey
Tim Fauvell
The Hoop-La Barker
J. Lee Flynn
Fair Announcer
a farmer
Darrian C. Ford
a newspaper photographer
Amy Gage
Newton R. Gilchrist
Hank Munson
a farmer
Charles Goff
Dave Miller
the local storekeeper
Judge Heppenstahl
Susan Haefner
Wayne's girlfriend
Tina Johnson
a cooch dancer
Ian Knauer
A Fairtone
James Patterson
Broadway debut
the Frake's hired man
A Fairtone
Jacquiline Rohrbacker
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Michael Lee Scott
Uncle Sam
A Fairtone
Mary C. Sheehan
Steve Steiner
The Astounding Stralenko
The Chief of Police
John Wilkerson
a farmer
Scott Willis
A Fairtone
Swings: Julie Lira and John Scott
Understudies: Kelli Barclay (Jeanne, Vivian), Leslie Bell (Emily Arden), Linnea Dakin (Eleanor, Violet), SuEllen Estey (Melissa Frake), Tim Fauvell (Dave Miller, Hank Munson, Judge Heppenstahl, Lem), J. Lee Flynn (Abel Frake), Susan Haefner (Margy Frake), Tina Johnson (The Hoop-La Barker), Ian Knauer (Wayne Frake), Julie Lira (Midway Cow, Midway Pig), James Patterson (Harry), John Scott (A Fairtone, Charlie, Gus, Roustabout, Uncle Sam), Mary C. Sheehan (Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville), Steve Steiner (Clay) and Scott Willis (Pat Gilbert, The Astounding Stralenko, The Chief of Police)
Tony Award®
1996 Best Original Score [nominee]
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
1996 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Scott Wise
Drama Desk Award
1996 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Scott Wise
1996 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Ben Wright
1996 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Donna McKechnie
ACT 1 Sung By
Opening Abel Frake, Melissa Frake and Wayne Frake
It Might as Well Be Spring Margy Frake
Driving at Night/Our State Fair Abel Frake, Melissa Frake, Wayne Frake, Margy Frake and Company
That's for Me Wayne Frake
More Than Just a Friend Abel Frake, Hank Munson and Fair Announcer
Isn't It Kinda Fun? Pat Gilbert and Margy Frake
You Never Had It So Good Emily Arden and Fairtones
It Might as Well Be Spring (Reprise) Margy Frake
When I Go Out Walking With My Baby Abel Frake and Melissa Frake
So Far Wayne Frake and Emily Arden
It's a Grand Night for Singing Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Man I Used to Be Pat Gilbert, Vivian and Jeanne
All I Owe Ioway Abel Frake and Company
Man I Used to Be (Reprise) Pat Gilbert
Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Reprise) Margy Frake
That's the Way It Happens Emily Arden and Fairtones
Boys and Girls Like You and Me Abel Frake and Melissa Frake
Next Time It Happens Margy Frake
Finale Ultimo Company