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Music Box Theatre (New York, NY)
239 West 45th St.

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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!

The Flaming Lips & FEW Spirits Launch Whiskey Collaboration With Bottle Signing In Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Grammy-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will stop in at Binny's in Lincoln Park to celebrate Brainville Rye Whiskey, a truly unique collaboration between Evanston craft distillery FEW Spirits and the legendary group. (more...)

Betsy Morgan, Kurt Boehm, Skye Mattox and More Join Arena Stage's CAROUSEL; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the complete company for Carousel directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch the Teaser for Our New Series: DANCE CAPTAIN DANCE ATTACK with Ben Cameron!
by Ben Cameron - Sep 29, 2016

BroadwayWorld is proud to announce our latest exclusive series: DANCE CAPTAIN DANCE ATTACK!   (more...)

BWW Review: Sleight-Of-Hand Trickster Helder Guimaraes is Aces in VERSO
by Michael Dale - Sep 29, 2016

It takes a certain amount of moxie for a solo performer to begin his Off-Broadway show by looking into the audience and stating 'I am weird.' (more...)

BWW Review: Media Theatre's BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Turns Up the Heat!
by Pati Buehler - Sep 28, 2016

Media Theatre opens its 2016-17 season with the compelling, alluring tale of forbidden love. (more...)

Molly Pope to Feature Cut Song from Original A STAR IS BORN Film at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

A STAR IS BORN - brought vividly to life by award-winning cabarettist Molly Pope - will now include a recently-rediscovered Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin song, 'I'm Off the Down Beat,' written for the original film, but never used. (more...)

Artisan Center Theater Presents STATE FAIR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

State Fair opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, September 30, 2016 and runs through Saturday, November 5, 2016.  The 196 seat theater-in-the-round is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst.   (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning score enhances 'The Bridges of Madison County: The Musical', which is on stage at The Media Theatre through October 23. The beautiful borough of Media, Pa., has the region's only professional music theatre at 104 East State Street.  (more...)

The Killdares to Play Final Jigs and Reels in the Dallas Area
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The Celtic Rock Fusion Powerhouse, Founded By Tim Smith in 1996, Will Perform at Arlington's Levitt Pavilion Sept. 23, Do 40 Shows at the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30-Oct. 7) and Say Their Final Goodbyes to Fans at the Kessler Theater Nov. 18. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Opens 208th Season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 208th season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning romantic musical, SOUTH PACIFIC. Directed by Charles Abbott, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 6th, opens on September 14th and runs through October 23rd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB Brings Down-Home Charm To a Classic Story
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - Oct 25, 2016

CHARLOTTE'S WEB is the stage adaptation of E.B. White's classic story. Adapted by Joseph Robinette, it was originally published as a play in 1983 and enjoyed Broadway run in 1989 after the addition of musical numbers by Charles Strouse. Zach Theatre's production directed by Nat Miller goes back to Robinette's original script, minus the broadway numbers, and infuses it with its own down-home charm. (more...)

THE SPITFIRE GRILL - Next for Musical Theatre Guild
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 21st Anniversary Season with award-winning Off-Broadway musical THE SPITFIRE GRILL.  The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

The Flaming Lips to Release Highly Anticipated New Album 'Oczy Mlody', 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to announce the release of their long-awaited brand-new studio album, entitled OCZY MLODY, on January 13th, 2017 via Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

Brooklyn Chamber And Explore Brooklyn Host First-Ever Drink Local Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

From October 20 to October 26, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn and Taste NY will host the borough's first-ever Drink Local Week, featuring exclusive deals at a variety of Brooklyn bars, restaurants, retailers and manufacturers.   (more...)

Broadway All Stars Perform for CAT Youth Theatre on November 14th
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Broadway Artists Connection (BAC) All Stars Benefit for CAT Youth Theatre on Monday, November 14th (7pm) at the Laurie Beechman Theatre is BAC's biggest & final event of the season!  The evening hosted by Antoine L. Smith (THE COLOR PURPLE) will feature many Broadway favorites with a combined 34 Broadway credits (listed below), BAC's 2016 open mic winners & a performance by the students of CAT Youth Theatre. (more...)

Jared Grimes, Hayley Podschun, Donna McKechnie and More to Sway in CAREFREE: DANCIN' WITH FRED AND GINGER Tryout Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and RKO Stage announce the cast for the world premiere of Carefree: Dancin' with Fred & Ginger, an all-new tribute to American cinema's most iconic pair, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this original musical spectacular. (more...)

MICHELANGELO'S SISTINE CHAPEL Exhibition Announces Extension
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Upon opening to universal praise and record-breaking crowds, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition has announced an extension of the exhibit beyond the scheduled dates of the State Fair through the New Year. The exhibit will remain in the former Women's Museum at Fair Park. (more...)

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn, and Taste NY Announce First DRINK LOCAL Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

From October 20 to October 26, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn and Taste NY will host the borough's first-ever Drink Local Week, featuring exclusive deals at a variety of Brooklyn bars, restaurants, retailers and manufacturers.   (more...)

London Musical Theatre Orchestra to Present STATE FAIR as First Public Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein's ever popular State Fair will be performed for the first time on the London stage as a symphonic concert by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra under award winning director and Evening Standard Awards nominee Thom Southerland.  (more...)

Something Is Beginning! RAGTIME to Open in London Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

It was the music of something beginning... Ragtime, the landmark Broadway musical, will play the Charing Cross Theatre (The Arches, Villiers Street), in London's West End, beginning October 8th and run through December 10th in a strictly limited engagement. Opening night is set for October 17th. (more...)

Donna McKechnie and Alexandra Bilings Join PFP's Honorary Board
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

?The Board of Directors of Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to announce Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and actor/activist Alexandra Billings have become the inaugural members of Pride Films and Plays' Honorary Board. (more...)

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild Presents STATE FAIR This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2016

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents State Fair with Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli; and based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II and the novel by Phil Stong. The production is directed by Lauren and Jason Morgan with choreography by Karen Matheny. Performances are JULY 8 - 24th 2016. Tickets cost $15.00 - $22.00 and are available at or call Theater Mania at 1-866-811-4111. (more...)

'BRIDGES' Tour Cast to Host LOVE IS ALWAYS BETTER Benefit for BC/EFA in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The members of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY company are excited to host their final fundraising event, LOVE IS ALWAYS BETTER - An Evening of Music by Jason Robert Brown and More, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Washington, DC's Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001) on Monday, July 11 at 8pm. (more...)

Davis Gaines, Valerie Perri and Susan Egan Take Part in Musical Theatre West's BROADWAY IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) raises the curtain on its inaugural 'Broadway in Concert' series for the 2016-17 season. Each concert, held at the newly renamed Beverly O'Neill Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, will feature top Broadway talent, including Davis Gaines (September 24, 2016), Valerie Perri (January 29, 2017), and Susan Egan (March 17, 2017). (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Sam Lips, SuEllen Estey and More in CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger Lakes
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 27, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is proud to produce the classic Gershwin musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU. Performances run from July 27 through August 17 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: They've Got Rhythm! First Look at CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger Lakes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents the classic Gershwin musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU. Performances run from tonight, July 27, through August 17 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Dallas Summer Musicals Names Three as Managing Director Emeritus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) announced that it will bestow the title Managing Director Emeritus on three former DSM leaders. Michael Jenkins, as well as the late Tom Hughes and Charles R. Meeker, Jr. represented by their families, will receive the award. (more...)

Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival is CRAZY FOR ART
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The 54TH annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, August 4 - August 7, 2016 on the grounds of Amish Acres, an 80 acre historic Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For the eighth time, Amish Acres Festival has been selected by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a TOP 100 event in North America. (more...)

Kenny Rogers Announces His Final CHRISTMAS & HITS Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Since the release of Kenny Rogers' first-ever Christmas album back in 1981 titled Christmas, Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hits at concerts across North America. (more...)

Company of Fools Artist John Glenn Receives Excellence in the Arts Governor's Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Company of Fools and Sun Valley Center for the Arts are pleased to announce that Core Company Artist John Glenn is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts. Governor C. L. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter announced this year's honorees in August.  Glenn received the Excellence in the Arts distinction.  This is the third award from Idaho's Governors in Company of Fools' 21 year history - Denise Simone, Core Company Artist, received the 2014 Excellence in the Arts and in 2004 Company of Fools was awarded the same distinction. (more...)

DONNA McKECHNIE: SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Set to Play Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016


STAGE TUBE: Katie Bernstein Sings 'The Gentleman Is A Dope' from ALLEGRO, Coming to Southwark Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2016

DOPEIn the video below, Katie Bernstein sings the iconic number 'The Gentleman Is A Dope' from Rodgers and Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Daniedlle Tarento, playing at Southwark Playhouse 5 Aug - 10 Sept 2016. Click below to watch her perform! (more...)

BWW Review: BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Kennedy Center - A Glorious Musical
by Charles Shubow - Jul 1, 2016

Jason Robert Brown proves once again to be one of Broadway's brightest and best composers. (more...)

Collin Raye Celebrates 25 Years of Hits with U.S. Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Twenty-five years after Collin Raye shot to fame with the timeless No. 1 hit 'Love, Me,' the country sensation is still considered one of the hardest working acts in the business, with a heavy multi-state touring schedule, including a Mexican Riviera Cruise, remaining in latter part of 2016. Raye is bringing his exciting and uplifting live show across the U.S. to celebrate a quarter-century of success in the industry. (more...)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO Begins Tonight at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

The eagerly awaited professional European premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, which opened on Broadway in 1947, and was their third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, begins tonight, August 5, at Southwark Playhouse. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Open 21st Season with PROMISES, PROMISES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

?Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will launch their 21st Anniversary Season with the rollicking pop Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES. (more...)

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND AND FRIENDS Concert Album to Celebrate 50 Years
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album, available as a CD or as a CD/DVD combo, due out September 30th on the band's own NGDB Records, LLC, distributed by Warner Music Nashville. (more...)

Broadway's Andrea McArdle to Play Provincetown's Crown & Anchor Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Producer Rick Murray's Crown & Anchor Broadway Series continues its 2016 season at the Paramount Cabaret in Provincetown, MA when Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Andrea McArdle returns to Provincetown in ANDREA McARDLE IN CONCERT for two performances only, Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BLUE OYSTER CULT Special to Air This Friday on AUDIENCE Network
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network concert special, 'BLUE OYSTER CULT,' airing Friday, September 2, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114). (more...)

Molly Pope to Encore A STAR IS BORN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

The music of the iconic 1954 Warner Bros. film A STAR IS BORN - brought vividly to life by award-winning cabarettist Molly Pope - will return to Feinstein's/54 Below for a one-night-only encore performance on Wednesday, September 28 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Erika Amato, Tom Byrn and Mike Newman to Lead BIOGRAPHY at East Lynne Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

The award-winning East Lynne Theater Company of Cape May, NJ has announced complete casting for S. N. Behrman's effervescent 1932 comedy, Biography. (more...)

Emily Kron and Steven Mooney to Star in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

The cast of Little Shop of Horrors has arrived to Playhouse on Park! (more...)

Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Sierra Repertory Theatre's The Robber Bridegroom, a "country and southern" comedy, steals its way on to the Fallon House stage September 2 through 25. (more...)

Donna McKechnie Signs on for REAF's HELP IS ON THE WAY 22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Donna McKechnie has just signed on to appear at the REAF Help Is On The Way 22 show on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. (more...)

Cotton Patch Cafe Launches Chicken Fried Road Trip
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Cotton Patch Cafe celebrates its Southern roots as it embarks on its Chicken Fried Road Trip now through Oct. 30, featuring daily specials of hand-breaded, deep-fried country classics and new Southern delights. (more...)

Heart Premieres Live 'Beautiful Broken' Video Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends HEART today (8/12) have partnered with VEVO to premiere their live performance video of 'Beautiful Broken,' the lead single off the band's recently released (7/8) new studio album BEAUTIFUL BROKEN. (more...)

Charlie Daniels to Release New Album NIGHT HAWK This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

?Charlie Daniels has never fit into any certain label, purposely creating a sound and blend of music all his own. The new album, Night Hawk, stays true to that tradition with Daniels putting a unique spin on cowboy songs both well known and uncovered from through the years. The album will be available on August 26 at, FYE, and wherever music is sold. (more...)

STATE FAIR Original 1962 Film Soundtrack to Debut on CD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the debut CD release of the 1962 film soundtrack to State Fair on September 2nd 2016. The release continues Stage Door's COLLECTOR'S SERIES, a line of limited edition CD products that celebrate Broadway / Hollywood musicals and vocalists of the 1950s and 60s. (more...)

BWW Interview: Let the Sun Shine In: Mark Martino Directs MAMMA MIA at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 1, 2016

"We are excited to have the audience open its eyes to some sunshine. [Artistic Director] Curt Dale Clark and I were just saying this morning that this has been an intense season so far, and Fiddler on the Roof and Evita cannot let in much sun. But we stream that light in Mamma Mia, and we hope it will provide a chance to breathe in the joy of the Greek Isles. If we do it right, we will all feel an uplift." Director/choreographer Mark Martino is waxing eloquent about his latest project and one which constitutes his Maine State Music Theatre debut: a new production of the 2001 Broadway smash it musical Mamma Mia, based on the songs of ABBA. Martino has what he calls "a very short history" with the show, having mounted a production for the first time in June of this year at the Theatre Aspen. "The two will be staged very differently," he explains. "Aspen is a 200-seat thrust stage, and here they have a 600-seat proscenium theatre. The Pickard Theater gives me an opportunity to expand the show. Our cast at MSMT is about one third larger than in Colorado - some twenty-seven actors - which is even a bit larger than the twenty-four in the original Broadway production. The production values are going to be large and lavish, and the cast has a huge amount of energy, so for me it is an opportunity to revisit the show and make different pictures and entirely different choreography." (more...)

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