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Music Box Theatre (New York, NY)
239 West 45th St.
New York, NY
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Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on the novel by Phil Stong

Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that's had critics raving from coast to coast. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, STATE FAIR travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, STATE FAIR is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!


Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

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NBC's DATELINE Adds Saturday Night Mysteries to Weekend Lineup
by TV News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

In addition to its regularly scheduled Friday (8pm/7c) and Sunday (7pm/6c) timeslots, NBC's Dateline is adding Saturday Night Mysteries to the broadcast's weekend programming. (more...)

LINKIN PARK & THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS Announce North American Tour With Special Guest AFI
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ At a live multi-media press conference from MILK Studios in Los Angeles, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of LINKIN PARK and Jared Leto of THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS announced they will join forces this summer for The Carnivores Tour, with special guest AFI. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

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CINDERELLA, NEWSIES, ANNIE & More Set for Broadway In Chicago's Fall 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced the upcoming 2014 fall season line-up. Broadway In Chicago's 2013 fall season will include BUYER & CELLAR, Emerald City Theatre's CHARLOTTE'S WEB, the World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER'S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, ANNIE, NEWSIES and RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA. (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre to Present A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission in Bellevue, will present the musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', featuring songs by the musical team of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, the week-ends of March 28, April 4, and 11. The musical begins at 7:30 pm today and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday. (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season; Presents Musical Revue A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 3/28-4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Bellevue Little Theatre will present the musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', featuring songs by the musical team of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, the weekends of March 28, April 4, and 11. The musical begins at 7:30 pm today and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andrea McArdle Joins Donna McKechnie in 'GOOD COMPANY' at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

On Monday, March 24, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present another installment of "Donna McKechnie In Good Company." In this outing, Donna's very special guest was Andrea McArdle. The two Broadway icons chatted, sang, and dished like the old friends that they are - having co-starred in the Broadway production of State Fair. The musical director for the show was Ian Herman. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Grammy Winning Pianist John McDaniel Talks S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES
by Don Grigware - Mar 24, 2014

On Saturday May 10 S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatrical Artists Goodwill Event) will present its annual show at the Saban Theatre on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, this year entitled S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES, directed by David Galligan with musical direction from the incomparable John McDaniel. Grammy, Tony and Emmy winning composer, musician McDaniel took time out of his busy rehearsal schedule to chat about the evening. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN COLLECTION Coming To Blu-ray, Out 4/29
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 21, 2014

Legendary Broadway and Hollywood songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will be celebrated in a new Blu-ray box set set for release next month titled THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN COLLECTION according to a new listing. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

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Cheyenne Jackson with Orfeh, Donna McKechnie & More Set for Birdland, 3/24-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announcde their line-up of talent for March 24-30, including Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie and more! (more...)

Madison Theatre at Molloy College to Welcome Oscar 'Andy' Hammerstein, III to Its RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN CELEBRATION, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The Madison Theatre at Molloy College presents Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein, III in the cast of BPI's Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration at 3 p.m. on April 6, 2014. (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season; Presents Musical Revue A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 3/28-4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Bellevue Little Theatre will present the musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', featuring songs by the musical team of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, the weekends of March 28, April 4, and 11. The musical begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday. (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre to Present A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, Begin. 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission in Bellevue, will present the musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', featuring songs by the musical team of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, the week-ends of March 28, April 4, and 11. The musical begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday. (more...)

GOO GOO DOLLS & DAUGHTRY to Hit the Road This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will hit the road in June for an extensive summer amphitheatre and arena tour. (more...)

Broadway's Original 'Belle' Susan Egan Performs at Arcadia Performing Arts Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2014

Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents Broadway star Susan Egan, who originated the role of 'Belle' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, as part of its first season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, tonight, March 1 at 8pm. Joining Egan on stage is the sixty-member Arcadia Stage, the theatre student program at Arcadia High School. They will sing four songs with Egan, and then two from their upcoming production of Curtains. (more...)

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW! Begins Performances Off-Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Performances of Off-Broadway's tastiest new musical The Chocolate Show! begin Saturday, February 1 at 8pm with an official opening set for Valentine's Day, February 14 at 7pm at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Chocolate Show! is written by Alan Golub (book, music and lyrics) & Laura Goldfader (book and music), with direction by Dan Foster, choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman and under the music direction of Jeffrey Klitz. Tickets for The Chocolate Show! are $39.50 - $59.50 and can be arranged online at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212.279.4200 or at the TicketCentral Box Office located at 416 West 42nd Street. The 47th Street Theatre box office (304 West 47th Street) will open 30 minutes before each performance. (more...)

Monograph Publishing and the University of Missouri Release Book About a Slave Who Started Schools for "Colored Children"
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

James Milton Turner was born a slave in 1839, and four years later his family gained their freedom. James' parents realized the value of a good education for their young son. However, there were no schools available during that time for colored children who were not even allowed to learn to read and write. A family friend, Reverend John Berry Meachum, secretly began to teach these young children in his church. Sometime later, Meachum discovered that there was no law restricting colored children from being taught on the river, so James attended school on a small steamboat anchored near St. Louis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wishing for Spring? Look No Further Than The Short North Stage's A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
by Lisa Norris - Feb 7, 2014

If you're sick of the drab, cold Ohio weather, sneak over and warm up in the Short North Stage's Garden Theater, where "It Might As Well Be Spring", and you'll be guaranteed "A Lovely Night" where you'll be humming "Something Wonderful" right on through the Central Ohio deep freeze. (more...)

Andrea McArdle to Bring DREAM ROLES to 54 Below; Runs 2/10-15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Andrea McArdle returns to 54 Below with an all new show that celebrates the power and magic of performing "that great role." Lovers and liars, heroes and villains, elegant ladies and outrageous broads, there is nothing that excites the imagination more than watching a classic character come to vivid life on stage. In DREAM ROLES, Andrea brings her soaring vocals to some of the theatre's greatest roles, the roles she's loved, the role's she's played and the roles she's always dreamed of performing. DREAM ROLES also showcases the dynamic melodies of Broadway musical masters, Sondheim, Herman, Strouse, and more. Join Andrea as she pulls back the curtain, and turns up the spotlight on her greatest theatrical inspirations…along with a few surprises, after all, it's all about DREAM ROLES this time! (more...)

Carol Burnett to Guest Star in New CURIOUS GEORGE Episode, 2/10
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

On February 10, Curious George premieres its eighth season on PBS KIDS with a special appearance by renowned entertainer Carol Burnett, winner of the 16th annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This season's all-new episodes continue to focus on teaching preschoolers about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, with a special spotlight on engineering. (more...)

Philly POPS to Present Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 3/14-16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

From One Singular Sensation to The Way We Were, composer Marvin Hamlisch left a legacy of hits that have brightened Broadway and the musical catalogue of America forever. And, now, The Philly POPS is proud to present 'Marvin Hamlisch - A Musical Tribute' conducted by Larry Blank, Hamlisch's conductor, and three of his favorite singers ... Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson and Doug LaBrecque. Taking place on Friday, March 14 (8 p.m.), Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 (3 p.m.) in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center, Blank and the guest artists will not only present wonderful musical memories with the audience, they'll share personal recollections of Marvin Hamlisch as well. (more...)

Broadway's Original 'Belle' Susan Egan to Perform at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents Broadway star Susan Egan, who originated the role of 'Belle' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, as part of its first season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, March 1 at 8pm. Joining Egan on stage is the sixty-member Arcadia Stage, the theatre student program at Arcadia High School. They will sing four songs with Egan, and then two from their upcoming production of Curtains. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/23/2014
by BWW - Feb 23, 2014

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Cleveland POPS Orchestra with Carl Topilow Pays Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch with a Special Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

The Cleveland POPS Orchestra with Carl Topilow pays tribute to the musical genius of Marvin Hamlisch in a special concert at 8:00 p.m. tonight, February 21st in Severance Hall. The concert will feature three of the performers who worked with Hamlisch and knew him well. Broadway legends Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, Doug LaBrecque, along with POPS conductor Topilow, will share behind-the-scenes experiences and personal conversations they had with Marvin. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jason Robert Brown Goes Rapturously Romantic in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Michael Dale - Feb 21, 2014

Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale all score beautifully in a soaring and thoughtful musical romance. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 2/02/2014
by BWW - Feb 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/02/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Glenn Miller Will Return to the Thousand Oaks Civice Arts Plaza, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Back by popular demand, The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Donna McKechnie's IN GOOD COMPANY to Return to Birdland, 3/24; Features Andrea McArdle
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Donna McKechnie's new Talk/Variety show will return on Monday, March 24 at 7pm. Andrea McArdle has signed on to be Donna's Very Special Guest. (more...)

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW! to Open Off-Broadway on Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Off-Broadway's tastiest new musical The Chocolate Show! opens tonight, Valentine's Day, February 14 at 7pm at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Audiences at the opening night performance will each receive the world's most expensive chocolate truffle by chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. The Chocolate Show! is written by Alan Golub (book, music and lyrics) & Laura Goldfader (book and music), with direction by Dan Foster, choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman and under the music direction of Jeffrey Klitz. (more...)

Gerónimo Rauch, Louise Dearman, Tam Mutu y Laura Osnes protagonizarán 'West End y Broadway en Sevilla'
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Feb 12, 2014

Los dias 16 y 17 de julio Alfonso Casado (Los Miserables, Miss Saigon) dirigira un concierto con la Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla en el que participaran Geronimo Rauch, Louise Dearman, Tam Mutu y Laura Osnes. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Andrea McArdle Talks 54 Below Show DREAM ROLES, Plus New Album, ANNIE Memories, BWW VISITS OZ & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 10, 2014

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented triple-threat diva known for her legendary Broadway performance as the title character in the iconic original production of ANNIE as well as notable appearances on Broadway since in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, LES MISERABLES, State Fair and more - the engaging and passionate Andrea McArdle. Opening up about her life after 'Tomorrow' as well as sharing memories of her time in ANNIE, McArdle sheds some light on her idiosyncratic showbiz career and shares sensational stories from her past and present while also looking ahead to the future. Additionally, McArdle looks back on many of her most famous roles to date, including her roller skating days in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and her recent stint as MAME herself, as well as her various Judy Garland-related properties, too - the TV biopic RAINBOW and the stage adaptation of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS among them, not to mention her sensational star turn as the opener of the recent sold-out series of 10th anniversary concerts at Joe's Pub, BROADWAYWORLD.COM VISITS OZ, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and MaryBeth Abel, where she exquisitely performed 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows'. Plus, McArdle comments on her recent Broadway Records live album 70'S & SUNNY and the material and decade that inspired it. Most importantly, McArdle looks ahead to her new series of solo shows kicking off at 54 Below this week titled DREAM ROLES and previews some of the stupendous song selections she has chosen for the show - with material by Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse and more included! All of that and much, much more awaits in this career-spanning chat with one of Broadway's best and best-loved leading ladies. (more...)

Goo Goo Dolls Release Live EP
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP - Warner Sound Sessions­ - available digitally April 8 via Warner Bros Records. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, 4/26-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. "What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel," remarks Wood. "It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews on Saturday, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Andrea McArdle Joins Donna McKechnie for IN GOOD COMPANY at Birdland!
by Randy Rainbow - Apr 5, 2014

Just last week, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented another installment of 'Donna McKechnie In Good Company.' In this outing, Donna's very special guest was Andrea McArdle. The two Broadway icons chatted, sang, and dished like the old friends that they are - having co-starred in the Broadway production of State Fair. The musical director for the show was Ian Herman. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the special event below! (more...)

Cirque Shanghai to Return to Chicago this Summer with 'WARRIORS,' Begin. 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

'Cirque Shanghai' will return this summer to Chicago's Navy Pier with a brand new show, 'Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.' Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave). Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014. (more...)

Oscar Hammerstein, III to Join Nat Chandler & Teri Dale Hansen for RODGERS AND HAMMMERSTIEN CELEBRATION, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Oscar 'Andy' Hammerstein, III joins Broadway Stars Nat Chandler (Scarlet Pimpernel, The Phantom of the Opera) and Teri Dale Hansen (Boys From Syracuse, Show Boat) who will be appearing with Maestro Jerry Steichen at the Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre, New York in a RODGERS AND HAMMMERSTIEN CELEBRATION on Sunday April 6th at 3:00pm. (more...)

Matisyahu's 'Confidence' Premieres; New Album 'Akeda' Out 6/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

High Timesis premiering the track “Confidence” (featuring Collie Buddz) from Matisyahu's forthcoming album Akeda. (more...)

Skid Row to Kick Off Tour With Black Star Riders, 5/8; 'United World Rebellion – Part 2' EP Out 8/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

SKID ROW--Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)-will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year's Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, OK. They'll then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, SKID ROW will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they've been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31. (more...)

Steely Dan Announces North American Summer Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced that they will launch a 47-city North American tour this summer. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

Andrea McArdle to Appear in Oceania Cruises 'Life in the Theater' Series, Kicking Off 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Like fine wine and epicurean cuisine, the artistic brilliance of staged theatrics on Broadway is an indulgence enjoyed by many guests sailing with Oceania Cruises. Today, the line announced a new 'Life in the Theater' series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle - the original namesake character in 'Annie' on Broadway. (more...)

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection Out 5/6 on Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II brought melodies and words to life in some of the most iconic movie musicals of the 20th Century, and now Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to bring that magic home with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection on May 6. This Amazon-exclusive collection will feature six of the 15-time Academy Award- winning movie musicals by the Oscar- Tony- Pulitzer- Grammy- Emmy-Award-winning team of Rodgers & Hammerstein, including Best Picture winner The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, State Fair and Carousel. (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season; Presents Musical Revue A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 3/28-4/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Bellevue Little Theatre will present the musical revue 'A Grand Night for Singing', featuring songs by the musical team of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, the weekends of March 28, April 4, and 11. The musical begins at 7:30 pm today and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday. (more...)

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