State Fair

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Music Box Theatre (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!


Skid Row Kicks Off Tour With Black Star Riders Today
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 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 today, 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 7th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 7, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Welcome to the '60s, with 'How To Succeed,' 'Motown,' 'Cabaret' and 'Hair,' plus tributes to Jack Lemmon and the Carpenters, the upcoming 'Jersey Boys' film, 'Option Up!,' that one-night 'Parade' concert and the BroadwayWorld Chicago Tony Award Viewing Party! (more...)

Tosha Fowler & Liam Dahlborn to Lead Emerald City Theatre's CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Broadway Playhouse, 7/11-8/17
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre have announced the principal cast of CHARLOTTE'S WEB. Single tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10 AM. CHARLOTTE'S WEB will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) July 11 through August 17, 2014. (more...)

Annual All-Star Evening Set for Abravanel Hall, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic leads excellent high school instrumentalists from 11 youth orchestras as they play side-by-side with their professional mentors from the Utah Symphony. The All-Star Evening-a yearly Abravanel Hall event-takes place on May 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection Out Today on Amazon
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 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 today, May 6. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents a Free Concert at Pocahontas State Park With the 392nd Army Band and Battery, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert Sunday, May 11th - 7:00pm at the beautiful Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, VA. Bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Richmond Symphony, conducted by Steven Smith, and the 392nd Army Band, with Commander/Bandmaster CW5 Charles H. Vollherbst, alongside family and friends! (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- VIOLET's Ben Davis
by BWW Staff - May 30, 2014

In this week's edition, we caught up with Ben Davis, who is starring as 'Preacher' in Violet- currently playing at the American Airlines Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Crank Collective's Original Musical BOOMTOWN Doesn't Boom
by Jeff Davis - May 27, 2014

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BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of 30th Anniversary of S.T.A.G.E. - Betty Buckley, Helen Reddy, Jason Gould, Shirley Jones & More!
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - May 27, 2014

Over two dozen stars of film, stage and television were given a standing ovation by a sold out crowd for the 30th Anniversary of S.T.A.G.E. at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA Saturday, May 10, 2014. And, on hand to get up close and personal with the stars, were BWW TV's longtime Los Angeles Correspondent and Co-Producer Michael Sterling with Videographer/Co-Producer, Jordan Santacana. Check out the video below! (more...)

Landau Murphy Jr. Plays 54 Below this Friday, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents for the first time Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. this Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 11pm. Landau, the season six, Sinatra-singing winner of NBC Television's America's Got Talent program, has scheduled a highly anticipated concert appearance in Old Blue Eyes' New York stomping grounds, and fans of both crooners are snapping up tickets to see Landau interpret Sinatra and many other Great American Songbook vocalists with his unique take on the timeless classics. Landau will hit it big in the Big Apple, (no doubt singing "New York, New York") by performing an up-close, intimate late-night dinner show with his small jazz combo. Previous New York City appearances have included a sellout at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden and the Friar's Club Salute to Larry King. His NYC media appearances include The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, Showbiz Tonight, WPLJ, WBLS, Sirius/XM and The View. (more...)

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR ROCKIN', Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events: (more...)

Alice Ripley, Katie Finneran & More Set for 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Coming up next week at, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Gorgeous and Emotive
by David Clarke - May 22, 2014

When it comes to breathtaking, dazzling musical scores Jason Robert Brown is no stranger; therefore, his fans and theatergoers in general hotly anticipated his latest musical THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Ghostlight Records released a beautiful recording of the Tony nominated score on May 19, ensuring that this score can be enjoyed for generations to come. (more...)

BWW Feature: Nearly $275 Thousand Dollars Raised by APLA at last S.T.A.G.E. Benefit
by Don Grigware - May 21, 2014

The 30th Anniversary production, which featured an Emmy®, Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning cast, remains the world's longest-running annual benefit for HIV/AIDS funding (more...)

Frampton's Guitar Circus Adds ROBERT RANDOLPH as Special Guest
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Following a massive year of touring, including 2013's inaugural Frampton's Guitar Circus, Peter Frampton is back on the road (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Washington, DC (more...)

Matisyahu to Play Mercury Lounge on June 2nd
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Billboard is premiering the track “Broken Car” from Matisyahu's forthcoming album Akeda in addition to a Q&A with the artist. (more...)

BWW Blog: A Cleveland Reviewer Visits Broadway
by Roy Berko - May 13, 2014

This has been an exciting year on Broadway. The Tony Awards will be announced soon. In preparation, I went to New York to see some of the nominated shows. Here's some brief comments: (more...)

Consumers Urged to Take a Fresh Look at Frozen Foods Via New National Education Effort
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

MCLEAN, Va., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ America's leading frozen food makers today launched a national effort to encourage consumers to take a fresh look at frozen foods through the 'Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh.' category education and promotion initiative. (more...)

CHICAGO Announces New Album; Confirms Summer Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

CHICAGO-one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history-is set to release their 36th album 'NOW' CHICAGO XXXVI in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. (more...)

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Jason Robert Brown Wins Tony for Best Score
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Jason Robert Brown won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jason Robert Brown was nominated both for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on The Bridges of Madison County this year. He won a Tony Award for Parade in 1999 and was nominated for Urban Cowboy in 2003, both in the Best Score category. (more...)

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Jason Robert Brown Wins Tony for Best Orchestrations
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Jason Robert Brown won the 2014 Tony for Best Orchestrations for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jason Robert Brown was nominated both for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON County this year. He won a Tony Award for PARADE in 1999 and was nominated for URBAN COWBOY in 2003, both in the Best Score category. (more...)

Susan Egan and More Set for BROADWAY'S LEADING LADIES with the Pasadena POPS, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

The Stars of Broadway are coming out to play with the Pasadena POPS in their one of a kind, simply cannot miss popular outdoor summer concert series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday, June 28th with 'Broadway's Leading Ladies.' (more...)

Peter Frampton's HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX Set for June 23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Hummingbird in a Box, the latest work from legendary musician Peter Frampton, will be released June 23 via RED Distribution. The new music was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, featuring seven original guitar pieces in Frampton's virtuosic stylings. Frampton composed all songs on the mini-album along with Gordon Kennedy, who also co-produced the recording. The two previously teamed up for Fingerprints, which garnered them both a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre Presents CHAMBERLAIN: A CIVIL WAR ROMANCE, 6/25-7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre's (MSMT) production of Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance brings the life of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain to the stage. The story centers on his relationship with his wife, Fannie, and explores the trials and tribulations of a man committed to his family as well as his country. (more...)

Linkin Park Releases New Album 'The Hunting Party'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Grammy-Award-winning rock band, LINKIN PARK have released their sixth studio album, The Hunting Party (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros.). (more...)

Cloud Cult Announces Second Leg of US Tour in Support of 'Unplug'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Cloud Cult is excited to announce the second leg of their US headlining tour in support of their 10th full-length album and first ever fully acoustic and live release – Unplug (April 2014 / Earthology). (more...)

U.S. Cellular To Provide A Summer Of Better Days For Wisconsin Residents
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

MADISON, Wis., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ U.S. Cellular will visit communities throughout Wisconsin to enhance summer and provide residents with unique experiences at their favorite local businesses, block parties, community parks, festivals and fairs as part of the Better Day program. To create a Better Day, U.S. Cellular's 'Band of Better' team, the company's community outreach ambassadors, will return this summer to surprise residents with giveaways and other items to help them enjoy summer to its fullest. The initiative will be capped off by a beautification project to help enhance the Madison community. U.S. Cellular will bring the Better Day program to 15 cities across the country and will host more than 360 events including 115 in Wisconsin. (more...)

Hard Rock Band Halestorm Announces U.S. Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

GRAMMY-winning hard rock band Halestorm has announced a run of headline tour dates kicking off November 11 in Chattanooga, TN. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Getting to know MY FAIR LADY'S Tony Sheldon
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 1, 2014

Known best as Bernadette in PRISCILLA - QUEEN OF THE DESERT, actor Tony Sheldon is in Minneapolis for the summer and is having fun with his role, exploring the city and working at the Guthrie. (more...)

Broadway World Winner Robyn Spangler Headlines San Diego Fringe Festival, 7/3 - 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Called a 'gorgeously talented singer' by Sheridan Road Magazine, the San Diego Fringe Festival welcomes Broadway World Winner Robyn Spangler at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza with the San Diego Ballet Orchestra from JULY 3rd - July 8th (performance times vary). (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...)

Seth Rettberg, Berklea Going & More Will Star in STAGES' 2014 Season Shows
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced casting for the 2014 'American Dream' season. The multifaceted lineup includes; They're Playing Our Song, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Fiddler On The Roof. This season's exceptional talent celebrates the realization of the American Dream as explored through unique challenges of seeking fame, amassing monetary success, and cherishing family traditions. STAGES also announces the cast for the Theatre for Young Audiences production of, the classic fairy tale, Disney's Sleeping Beauty. All season and single tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Last Chance to See FAIR GAME at Yellow Tree Theatre, Now Through 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

There's only four chances left to catch the all-original comedy FAIR GAME so don't be left on the fairway! (See what we did there?) It's not every day you get to see the world premiere of a brand spanking new play! Also--it's not every day you get to see a biffy right on stage. Click here to get your tickets before they're gone! (more...)

THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN COLLECTION Comes to Blu-ray Today
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 29, 2014

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

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/27/2014
by BWW - Apr 27, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/27/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Now thru 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 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 tonight, 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...)

Cast Announced for BIG RIVER at The Lone Tree Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Tony-Nominated Director Randal Myler and multi-talented Music Director Dan Wheetman return to Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) to create a new vision for Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after setting the bar high with Hank Williams: Lost Highway last spring and John Denver Holiday Concert in 2012. Returning to the roots of Mark Twain's classic American folktale, this production of Big River focuses on the talent and voices of the cast as they each become storytellers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/20/2014
by BWW - Apr 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 4/20/2014
by BWW - Apr 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Kansas City - Week of 4/20/2014
by BWW - Apr 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for Kansas City (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL 2014 Tour Dates Announced!
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

No other show in TV history has proven to be a force like AMERICAN IDOL®. Fans of the hit series can see this season's talented Top Ten Finalists live when the AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! tour returns this summer. (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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