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State Fair   Tour  

Opening Date: August 12, 1995    
Closing Date: February 18, 1996

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, National Tour
Setting: Five days in late August of 1946 on the Frake farm in Brunswick, Iowa and at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Comments: This touring production came to Broadway, opening on March 27, 1996 at the Music Box Theatre.

Production Staff
Produced by The Theatre Guild, Philip Langner, Robert Franz, Sonny Everett, Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, Matt Garfield, Jonathan C. Herzog, Ron Kumin and Gordon Smith; By arrangement with Celia Lipton Productions, Inc.; Produced in association with The North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation; Associate Producer: David Young and Norma Langworthy
Originally produced at the NCSA Broadway Preview Series, Winston-Salem NC by Ron Kumin
Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli; Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the novel by Phil Stong; Music orchestrated by Bruce Pomahac; Vocal arrangements by Kay Cameron; Dance arrangements by Scot Woolley; Musical Director: Kay Cameron
Co-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
General Manager: Ralph Roseman; Company Manager: Mitchell Weiss
Technical Supervisor: Gene O'Donovan; Production Stage Manager: Warren Crane
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
Casting: Caro Jones and Pat McCorkle, C.S.A.; Tour Coordinator: Robert E. Schneider; General Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman
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
Michael Cone
Linnea Dakin
SuEllen Estey
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
the Frake's hired man
A Fairtone
Jacquiline Rohrbacker
Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Michael Lee Scott
Uncle Sam
A Fairtone
Mary C. Sheehan
John Sloman
a farmer
John Wilkerson
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), 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) and Scott Willis (Pat Gilbert, The Astounding Stralenko, The Chief of Police)
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Engagement Dates Theatre City and State
Feb 14, 1996 - Feb 18, 1996 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
Feb 6, 1996 - Feb 11, 1996 Hershey Theatre Hershey, PA
Feb 2, 1996 - Feb 4, 1996 Wharton Center for the Performing Arts East Lansing, MI
Jan 30, 1996 - Feb 1, 1996 Proctors Schenectady, NY
Jan 2, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996 Opera House (DC) Washington, DC
Dec 29, 1995 - Dec 31, 1995 Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts West Palm Beach, FL
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5, 1995 - Dec 10, 1995 CIBC Theatre Chicago, IL
Nov 24, 1995 - Nov 26, 1995 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sarasota, FL
Nov 17, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995 Maxwell C. King Center For The Performing Arts Melbourne, FL
Nov 15, 1995 - Nov 16, 1995 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers, FL
Nov 7, 1995 - Nov 12, 1995 Wang Theatre at the Boch Center Boston, MA
Nov 3, 1995 - Nov 5, 1995 Stevens Center Winston-Salem, NC
Nov 2, 1995 - Nov 4, 1995 Memorial Auditorium (TN) Chattanooga, TN
Oct 3, 1995 - Oct 29, 1995 Golden Gate Theatre San Francisco, CA
Sep 27, 1995 - Oct 1, 1995 Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts Cerritos, CA
Sep 19, 1995 - Sep 24, 1995 The Playhouse on Rodney Square Wilmington, DE
Sep 16, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995 The Playhouse on Rodney Square Wilmington, DE
Sep 12, 1995 - Sep 14, 1995 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN
Sep 9, 1995 - Sep 10, 1995 James W. Miller Auditorium Kalamazoo, MI
Sep 5, 1995 - Sep 7, 1995 Peoria Civic Center Theatre Peoria, IL
Aug 29, 1995 - Sep 3, 1995 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
Aug 22, 1995 - Aug 27, 1995 Orpheum Theater - Omaha Omaha, NE
Aug 12, 1995 - Aug 20, 1995 Des Moines Civic Center Des Moines, IA