The Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musical State Fair was filmed twice, in the 1940s and 1960s, but never made it to Broadway until 1996 in an opulent all-star production that added many R&H trunk songs and served as David Merrick's final Broadway project so far. A more economical version of the show has begun and yearlong multi-city tour of North America with one of the Broadway stars, John Davidson. But the rest of the new adaptation remains more or less intact.
If you have seen the production, please write a review. How does the stage show compare to the film? Which parts, if any, work better or less well on stage? If you'd never seen the film, how does this production strike you as a stage musical? Has the librettist done a good job of building a book around the new songs? How is Davidson? How have the other actors found or not found new ways to interpret their well-known roles? Would you recommend it to audiences in the next town?
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