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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 CrosbyMelissa Frake
Abel's wife
John DavidsonAbel Frake
Andrea McArdleMargy Frake
Wayne's sister
Donna McKechnieEmily Arden
Scott WisePat Gilbert
a newspaper reporter
Ben WrightWayne Frake
son of Abel and Melissa
Jackie AngelescuMidway Pig
the Chief of Police's daughter
Kelli BarclayMidway Cow
Leslie BellJeanne
a cooch dancer
Peter BensonHarry
Margy's boyfriend
Linnea DakinEnsemble
SuEllen EsteyEnsemble
Tim FauvellThe Hoop-La Barker
J. Lee FlynnFair Announcer
a farmer
Darrian C. FordCharlie
a newspaper photographer
Amy GageEnsemble
Newton R. GilchristHank Munson
a farmer
Charles GoffDave Miller
the local storekeeper
Judge Heppenstahl
Susan HaefnerEleanor
Wayne's girlfriend
Tina JohnsonVivian
a cooch dancer
Ian KnauerA Fairtone
James Patterson
Broadway debut
the Frake's hired man
A Fairtone
Jacquiline RohrbackerMrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Michael Lee ScottUncle Sam
A Fairtone
Mary C. SheehanEnsemble
Steve SteinerThe Astounding Stralenko
The Chief of Police
John WilkersonLem
a farmer
Scott WillisA 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
OpeningAbel Frake, Melissa Frake (Abel's wife) and Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa)
It Might as Well Be SpringMargy Frake (Wayne's sister)
Driving at Night/Our State FairAbel Frake, Melissa Frake (Abel's wife), Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa), Margy Frake (Wayne's sister) and Company
That's for MeWayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa)
More Than Just a FriendAbel Frake, Hank Munson (a farmer) and Fair Announcer
Isn't It Kinda Fun?Pat Gilbert (a newspaper reporter) and Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
You Never Had It So GoodEmily Arden and Fairtones
It Might as Well Be Spring (Reprise) Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
When I Go Out Walking With My BabyAbel Frake and Melissa Frake (Abel's wife)
So FarWayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa) and Emily Arden
It's a Grand Night for SingingCompany
ACT 2 Sung By
Man I Used to BePat Gilbert (a newspaper reporter), Vivian (a cooch dancer) and Jeanne (a cooch dancer)
All I Owe IowayAbel Frake and Company
Man I Used to Be (Reprise) Pat Gilbert (a newspaper reporter)
Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Reprise) Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
That's the Way It HappensEmily Arden and Fairtones
Boys and Girls Like You and MeAbel Frake and Melissa Frake (Abel's wife)
Next Time It HappensMargy Frake (Wayne's sister)
Finale UltimoCompany