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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!



Singer/Songwriter Derek Sallmann to Release Debut Album 'All Seasons,' 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Now, the 21 year old, who started playing guitar at 13 when he found his dad's green Guild guitar on his bed and asked him to teach him some chords, is getting ready to release his debut album, 'All Seasons', this Friday, 11/4. (more...)

Betsy Morgan and Nicholas Rodriguez Star in CAROUSEL, Beginning Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

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

Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE to Open this December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece ANNA CHRISTIE, a gripping drama of a woman torn between the expectations of men and the secrets of her past, gets a timely retelling under the direction of Peter Richards. (more...)

Singer/Songwriter Derek Sallmann to Release Debut Album 'All Seasons,' Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Now, the 21 year old, who started playing guitar at 13 when he found his dad's green Guild guitar on his bed and asked him to teach him some chords, is getting ready to release his debut album, 'All Seasons', this Today, 11/4. (more...)

Reinvigorated A CHRISTMAS CAROL to Play Northern Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and adapted by renowned director Michael Wilson, runs live on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT, November 16 through December 24. (more...)

Jared Grimes, Hayley Podschun, Donna McKechnie and More Sway in CAREFREE: DANCIN' WITH FRED AND GINGER Tryout Tour, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and RKO Stage present 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...)

Donna McKechnie Will Star in Michael John LaChiusa's THE WILD PARTY in London
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Broadway legend Donna McKechnie is getting ready to star in the premiere production of Carefree: Dancin' with Fred and Ginger in New Jersey, but soon after, she'll head over seas. According to the Asbury Park Press, McKechnie will soon star in a London production of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party. Further casting has not yet been announced. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Famed Press Agent Susan L. Schulman
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 28, 2016

In part one of Behind the Curtain's most fascinating interviews to date, Rob and Kevin sat down with famed press agent Susan L. Schulman to discuss her life and career, including such projects as Applause, State Fair, Dancin' and the infamous Dream. Susan pulls back the curtain on working side by side with such legends as Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Bob Fosse,  and the abominable showman himself, David Merrick.  (more...)

Caroline Romano Performs on HLN's 'Michaela'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Emerging Mississippi pop artist CAROLINE ROMANO opens up in a new Q&A discussing the balance between personal life and music career, influences and her songwriting. (more...)

Persistent Telecom First Responder Network Not Associated With FirstNet
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

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Adam & Eve... and Steve at the King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Adam & Eve... and Steve is a brand new five star musical farce set in a newly created paradise, the Garden of Eden. (more...)

Ciara Renee and Jodie Jacobs Lead Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Cast includes Ciara Renee (Pippin and Big Fish, Broadway), Jodie Jacobs (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You, Dominion), Bleu Woodward (Oh! What A Lovely War, Stratford East) and Bjorg Gamst (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone). (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Theatre Guild's One-Night-Only Staging of THE SPITFIRE GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

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

London Musical Theatre Orchestra to Stage A CHRISTMAS CAROL in Concert at the Lyceum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Following the spectacular success of its debut performance of Roger and Hammerstein's State Fair, the London Musical Theatre is delighted to announce its much anticipated Christmas concert; the hit Broadway musical, 'A Christmas Carol' with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. (more...)

Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County's theatrical icon, is thrilled to announce its 82nd season performing June 13 through October 15, 2017.  Nestled along Door County, Wisconsin's scenic shore, the award-winning acting company of Peninsula Players has been enthralling generations of audiences in its 600-plus seat, all-weather pavilion since 1935, presenting hundreds of pre-Broadway tryouts, world premieres, classic dramas, comedies and musicals. (more...)

Photo Flash: London Musical Theatre Orchestra Presents STATE FAIR
by Jamie Scott-Smith - Nov 10, 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein's ever popular State Fair received its symphonic premiere on Sunday night at London's beautiful Cadogan Hall. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, a 32-piece orchestra under the baton of founder and conductor Freddie Tapner, brought the rich music of the 1996 Broadway production about the Frake family and their trip to the Iowa State Fair, to life. In a double first for the LMTO, this was also the first full scale public performance by the company which debuted its inaugural gala, in June of this year, to a packed house at Bishopsgate Institute where they are orchestra in residence.  The concert was directed by award winning director and Evening Standard Awards nominee Thom Southerland featuring a cast of West End stars Wendi Peters, Clive Carter, Richard Fleeshman, Emma Hatton, Oliver Savile and Celine Schoenmaker. The score features favourites including It Might as Well Be Spring, You Never Had It So Good and The Man I Used to Be. (more...)

Major Industrial Property Transaction in Syracuse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

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Major Industrial Property Transaction in Syracuse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

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Molly Pope to Bring A STAR IS BORN Back to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

A STAR IS BORN - presented live by award-winning cabarettist Molly Pope - will return to Feinstein's/54 Below for a one-night-only encore performance on Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Country Music's Aaron Tippin Announces 2017 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Aaron Tippin, 'The Hardest Workin' Man in Country Music' is living up to his name as he reveals his 2017 tour schedule. Today, Tippin announced 50 live concert dates with many additional dates to be added throughout the year. (more...)

The City of Rancho Mirage Presents THE HIGHWAYMEN - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE at The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Jan 3, 2017

The McCallum Theatre and The City of Rancho Mirage present The Highwaymen - A Musical Tribute on Friday, January 13, at 8:00pm. Perhaps the greatest super group in country music history, the original Highwaymen, formed in 1985, consisted of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. This tribute (with Willie, Waylon and Johnny) to that amazing, never to be seen again, band continues the legacy. You will witness first-hand the friendship and comradery that existed between these legends, reliving one of the greatest moments in country music history. Combining their unique approaches to life and recording, they travel the world performing country music to millions of fans. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will be Pinktastic this Spring with their Production of PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF presents Pinkalicious, The Musical, script by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann with additional lyrics and music by John Gregor. Based on the New York Times Bestselling children's book series by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, the Children's Series musical production runs from April 6 - May 6, 2017 in the Margeson Theater. Tickets ($9 - $18) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E. Rollins St.). (more...)

Michael Griffiths & Andrea Mcardle Set Dates In San Diego & Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced Australian cabaret sensation Michael Griffiths, making his West Coast debut with his show In Vogue: Songs by Madonna in San Diego and Hollywood in January, and Broadway's Tony Award-nominated Andrea McArdle performing her show '70s & Sunny in February. (more...)

3,000 Miles Off-Broadway Productions Presents The Highway Men LIVE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

???????3,000 Miles Off-Broadway Productions proudly presents The Highway Men LIVE at the historic El Portal Mainstage Theatre, in the NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood, CA. This special 3 show only engagement will be presented March 3 & 4, 2017. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Celebrate Black History Month with Rare HALLELUJAH, BABY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!  (more...)

Rarely Seen HALLELUJAH, BABY! Revives Next Week at MTG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!. The one-night-only concert event will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM with original cast members Frieda Payne and Robert Hooks scheduled to be in attendance. (more...)

Carol Burnett Returning to Television in New Comedy from Amy Poehler
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 3, 2017

Comedic icon Carol Burnett is set to return to television in a new pilot picked up by ABC from executive producer Amy Poehler. (more...)

THEATRE ROCK LIVE Returns to NYC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2017

Chronicling the history of rock musicals starting with Hair in 1969, TR honors Pippin, Rocky Horror, The Who's Tommy, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Godspell, Aida, Wicked, Next To Normal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages and many many more. (more...)

The Netherlands Sets Summer Premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Sweeping Romance THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2017

The Bridges of Madison County, with music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Robert James Waller, will premiere in The Netherlands for a limited run of 2 June and through 12 June. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): MY FAIR LADY at The Larry Keeton Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2017

Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical My Fair Lady - based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - opens tomorrow night at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson, featuring Erica Patterson (and her understudy Ashley Wolfe, who takes on the iconic role for three performances) as Eliza Doolittle, surrounded by a bevy of Nashville's finest leading men, including Cavender Lane, Elliott Winston Robinson, Chris Cavin, Austin Jeffrey Smith and George Hardimon IV. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Set for Spring at The Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The Bridges of Madison County, with music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Robert James Waller, will run at The Circuit Playhouse, March 17 - April 9, 2017. (more...)

Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill Headed to the Strip for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Concert in London
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra has announced the initial casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. (more...)

London Musical Theatre Orchestra Announces HONEYMOON IN VEGAS and CANDIDE as First Shows of 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce the first concerts of its 2017 season. (more...)

Nickelback Announces 44-City North American Tour with Special Guest Daughtry
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, NICKELBACK is set to hit the road this summer on the colossal headlining Feed The Machine Tour, announced today. (more...)

Donna McKechnie and More Complete Cast of THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. (more...)

BWW Review: Shoot Your Eye at A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 8, 2016

This musical is everything a piece of musical theater ought to be. There is a little prologue with the character of Jean Shepherd. We know immediately who is whom and the exact nature of the piece's dramatic crux. Devotees of the movie will find much that is familiar, though there has been some rearrangement, extension, enhancement and addition. Dialogue flows as stage dialogue should: with snappy delivery, different voices and more wit than is common in Real Life. Musical numbers are lively and either reveal character or move the plot. Scene changes are rapid and full of children's holiday pagent-styled elements. Ralphie's home is an adorable cutaway dollhouse. The cast is energetic and charming. This production should satisfy fans of musical theater, fans of the movie, fans of holiday shows, fans of family-friendly entertainment and really anyone who isn't a Grinch or a Scrooge. (more...)

Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Christine Andreas & Faith Prince to Bring 4 GIRLS 4 to Mayo Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Four dynamic, award-winning Broadway musical stars -- Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original 'Annie'), Maureen McGovern (#1 Gold record 'The Morning After'), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) and Faith Prince (Tony winner Guys & Dolls) -- come together in concert for an evening of song, laughter and memories in 4 Girls 4, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 pm. (more...)

Eden Espinosa Joins the Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Eden Espinosa joins cast of new rock musical Lizzie. (more...)

Photo Flash: ANNA CHRISTIE, Directed by Peter Richards, at The Wild Project
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece ANNA CHRISTIE, a gripping drama of a woman torn between the expectations of men and the secrets of her past, gets a timely retelling in Working Barn Productions' staging, directed by Peter Richards. (more...)

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso Take Centre Stage for the European Première of DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoe Doano and Chris Peluso are to head the cast of Death Takes A Holiday, the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland. (more...)

Kelli Barclay, Richard J. Hinds, Randy Skinner and More to Lead GOODSPEED MOVERS BOOT CAMP in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Goodspeed Musicals wants to help singers and actors to succeed in dance auditions.  In keeping with our mission to educate and support artists, Goodspeed will offer its first Goodspeed Movers Boot Camp January 6 - 8, 2017 at Pearl Studios in NYC.  (more...)

BWW Previews: From Bocelli To Broadway! An Evening With CHAD HILLIGUS Is An Exciting Addition For The New Year At McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Dec 31, 2016

The only American ever invited to join Australia's The TEN Tenors, Chad Hilligus makes his McCallum Theatre solo debut on Friday, January 20, at 8:00pm. 'An Evening with Chad Hilligus' features a powerful program highlighting his international career with charming stories and standards from Bocelli to Bennett to Broadway. Chad will be joined by Musical Director Christopher Marlowe, along with international soprano Lauren Jelencovich and other featured guests.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stars of New Maury Yeston Musical Debut Music Video for 'More and More'
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2016

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoe Doano and Chris Peluso are to head the cast of Death Takes A Holiday, the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland following the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime, which has just received an all-time record 14 Off West End Award nominations as well as WhatsOnStage Award nominations for Best Musical Revival and Best Off West End Producton. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Lyceum Theatre
by Andrew Tomlins - Dec 22, 2016

Despite being a decade-long tradition in New York, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens' musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol had never previously been staged in London. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novella, the story we all know and love is brought to life with a thrilling score. This week LMTO brought the musical to the Lyceum Theatre (home of the West End production of The Lion King) for a one-night-only concert staging. (more...)

DAMES AT SEA's Randy Skinner to Helm GOTTA GETTA GIRL Readings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present further staged readings of Gotta Getta Girl, a 1930s musical romp with book and lyrics by Peter Charles Morris and music by David Caldwell. (more...)

Cast Complete for MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the complete cast for the New2NY presentation of the new musical Mark Felt, Superstar with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Bush Is Bad, Fermat's Last Tango). (more...)

Fulton Theatre's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Held Over!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is thrilled to announce the extension of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (more...)

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