MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 27, 1996
Closing Date
Jun 30, 1996
1st Preview
Mar 20, 1996
1st Preview
Mar 20, 1996
Previews
8
Performances
110
MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Music Box Theatre
(Mar 27, 1996 - Jun 30, 1996)

Setting
Five days in late August of 1946 on the Frake farm in Brunswick, Iowa and at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

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
Directed by 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; Asst. to the Choreographer: Kelli Barclay; Casting: Caro Jones and Pat McCorkle; General Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: Boneau / Bryan-Brown
Melissa Frake
Abel's wife
Abel Frake
Margy Frake
Wayne's sister
Emily Arden
Pat Gilbert
a newspaper reporter
Wayne Frake
son of Abel and Melissa
Midway Pig
 
Violet
the Chief of Police's daughter
Midway Cow
 
Ensemble
Jeanne
a cooch dancer
 
Ensemble
Harry
Margy's boyfriend
Ensemble
Ensemble
The Hoop-La Barker
 
Ensemble
Fair Announcer
 
Clay
a farmer
Charlie
a newspaper photographer
Ensemble
Hank Munson
a farmer
Dave Miller
the local storekeeper
 
Judge Heppenstahl
Eleanor
Wayne's girlfriend
 
Ensemble
Vivian
a cooch dancer
 
Ensemble
A Fairtone
 
Ensemble
James Patterson
Broadway debut
Gus
the Frake's hired man
 
A Fairtone
 
Ensemble
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Uncle Sam
 
A Fairtone
 
Ensemble
 
Roustabout
Ensemble
The Astounding Stralenko
 
The Chief of Police
 
Ensemble
Lem
a farmer
A Fairtone
 
Ensemble
 
Roustabout
Swings: Julie Lira and John Scott
Understudies: Kelli Barclay (Vivian, Jeanne), Leslie Bell (Emily Arden), Linnea Dakin (Violet, Eleanor), SuEllen Estey (Melissa Frake), Tim Fauvell (Hank Munson, Lem, Dave Miller, Judge Heppenstahl), 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 (Charlie, Gus, Uncle Sam, A Fairtone, Roustabout), Mary C. Sheehan (Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville), Steve Steiner (Clay) and Scott Willis (Pat Gilbert, The Chief of Police, The Astounding Stralenko)

Music Box Theatre (Mar 27, 1996 - Jun 30, 1996)

Cast

Margy Frake
Wayne's sister
Margy Frake
Wayne's sister
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

Tony Award®

 

Best Original Score

1996 Nominee
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1996 Nominee
Scott Wise

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

1996 Nominee
Ben Wright and Scott Wise
 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

1996 Nominee
Donna McKechnie
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