Little House Tour to Play Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and More in 2009-2010

News   Little House Tour to Play Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, Texas and More in 2009-2010 has learned the initial touring dates for the new musical Little House on the Prairie.
Melissa Gilbert in Little House on the Prairie.
Melissa Gilbert in Little House on the Prairie. Photo by Michal Daniel

As previously reported, the musical will play a five-week engagement at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, prior to launching its national tour at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul.

The St. Paul engagement will begin Oct. 13 and will play the Ordway Theater through Oct. 25. Following St. Paul, Little House will be seen in Nashville, Denver, Omaha, Raleigh, Sacramento and Toronto, among other cities.

The current tour itinerary follows:
10/13/09-10/25/09 in St. Paul at the Ordway Theater
10/27/09-11/1/09 in Nashville  at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center
11/3/09-11/5/09 in Little Rock at the Robinson Auditorium
11/6/09-11/8/09 in Springfield, MO at the Hammons Auditorium
11/10/09-11/15/09 in Tulsa at the Tulsa PAC
11/17/09-11/22/09 in Oklahoma City at the Music Hall
12/8/09-12/13/09 in Tempe at the Gammage Auditorium
12/15/09-12/27/09 in Denver at the Buell Auditorium
1/5/10-1/10/10 in Fayetteville  at the Walton Arts Center
1/12/10-1/17/10 in Omaha at the Orpheum Theatre
1/26/10-2/28/10 in Toronto at the The Canon
3/2/10-3/7/10 in Tampa at the Tampa Bay PAC
3/9/10-3/14/10 in Naples at the The Philharmonic
3/16/10-3/21/10 in Raleigh at the BTI Center
3/23/10-3/28/10 in Appleton at the Fox Cities PAC
4/6/10-4/11/10 in Spokane at the Spokane Opera House
4/14/10-4/25/10 in Sacramento at the Community Center Theater
4/27/10-5/9/10 in Houston  at the Hobby Center for the Perf. Arts
6/1/10-6/6/10 in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion
6/15/10-6/20/10 in Atlanta (TOTS) at the The Fox Theatre

The musical based on the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of classic American books will star Melissa Gilbert — who rose to fame as Laura in the NBC television series "Little House on the Prairie" — as Ma with Steve Blanchard as Pa and Kara Lindsay as Laura.

Little House on the Prairie boasts direction by The Little Mermaid's Francesca Zambello. The new musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), music by Academy Award winner Rachel Portman ("Emma") and lyrics by Donna DiNovelli. Kevin Stites is the music supervisor, and Michele Lynch is the choreographer. Little House, according to press notes, "is the uplifting story of an American family forging a new life amidst the mighty challenges, heartbreaks, joys and triumphs that face them in the newly-settled heartland. It is also the story of young Laura Ingalls, as she begins her life as a young woman, finding purpose, and finding love. Above all, it is the celebration of the pioneering spirit and the core values on which this country was founded – a spirit that still resonates today."

The design team includes set designer Adrianne Lobel, lighting designer Mark McCullough and costume designer Tony winner Jess Goldstein.

Producers are Ben Sprecher, Amy Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, Bob Boyett, Jay Harris, William Franzblau, Tony Fusco, Larry Feinman, and Nelle Nugent, in association with Wendy Federman and Bob Reich.

Little House on the Prairie debuted at the Guthrie Theater.

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