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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
Cast
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
Violet
the Chief of Police's daughter
Kelli Barclay Midway Cow
Ensemble
Leslie Bell Jeanne
a cooch dancer
Ensemble
Peter Benson Harry
Margy's boyfriend
Linnea Dakin Ensemble
SuEllen Estey Ensemble
Tim Fauvell The Hoop-La Barker
Ensemble
J. Lee Flynn Fair Announcer
Clay
a farmer
Darrian C. Ford Charlie
a newspaper photographer
Amy Gage Ensemble
Newton R. Gilchrist Hank Munson
a farmer
Charles Goff Dave Miller
the local storekeeper
Judge Heppenstahl
Susan Haefner Eleanor
Wayne's girlfriend
Ensemble
Tina Johnson Vivian
a cooch dancer
Ensemble
Ian Knauer A Fairtone
Ensemble
James Patterson
Broadway debut
Gus
the Frake's hired man
A Fairtone
Ensemble
Jacquiline Rohrbacker Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville
Michael Lee Scott Uncle Sam
A Fairtone
Ensemble
Roustabout
Mary C. Sheehan Ensemble
Steve Steiner The Astounding Stralenko
The Chief of Police
Ensemble
John Wilkerson Lem
a farmer
Scott Willis A Fairtone
Ensemble
Roustabout
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 1Sung By
Opening Abel Frake, Melissa Frake (Abel's wife) and Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa)
It Might as Well Be Spring Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
Driving at Night/Our State Fair Abel Frake, Melissa Frake (Abel's wife), Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa), Margy Frake (Wayne's sister) and Company
That's for Me Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa)
More Than Just a Friend Abel 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 Good Emily Arden and Fairtones
It Might as Well Be Spring (Reprise)Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
When I Go Out Walking With My Baby Abel Frake and Melissa Frake (Abel's wife)
So Far Wayne Frake (son of Abel and Melissa) and Emily Arden
It's a Grand Night for Singing Company
ACT 2Sung By
Man I Used to Be Pat Gilbert (a newspaper reporter), Vivian (a cooch dancer) and Jeanne (a cooch dancer)
All I Owe Ioway Abel 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 Happens Emily Arden and Fairtones
Boys and Girls Like You and Me Abel Frake and Melissa Frake (Abel's wife)
Next Time It Happens Margy Frake (Wayne's sister)
Finale Ultimo Company