As the national tour of Broadway's State Fair finishes up its run, Florida finishes up its own home-grown version of the movie-turned musical. Running Apr. 21-June 14 at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, State Fair is directed by Robert Ennis Turoff and features Bob Brown and Freya Hunt as the farmers Frake. Nanci Sterling and Bobby Matteau will play the lovestruck Frake offspring.
Though filmed twice and previously adapted to the stage, the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musical made its debut on Broadway in spring of 1996, but closed after an 118-performance run.
The musical uses a book by Tom Briggs and a score that mixed Rodgers & Hammerstein's songs from the film with trunk songs by the duo (such as "Well Be Spring" and "It's a Grand Night for Singing"). At Golden Apple, choreography will be by Charlene Clark & Stephan deGhelder, with sets by Karle Murdock and Benjamin M. Turoff and costumes by B.G. FitzGerald.
For tickets ($21.50-$31) and information on State Fair at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 25 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota call (941) 366 5454.
Next up at the theatre, June 16-Aug. 9 will be the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The King And I.