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Musical (1996)

Musique: Richard Rodgers
Paroles: Oscar Hammerstein II
Livret: Louis Mattioli • Tom Briggs

The Frake family of Iowa make plans to attend the State Fair in late summer 1946. Father Abel Frake has hopes that his boar will win a prize; his wife Melissa is entering her mincemeat. Daughter Margy is upset with her beau's (Harry) plans for their life together ("It Might as Well Be Spring"). The family heads for the fair ("Driving at Night/Our State Fair"), where son Wayne meets Emily Arden, a singer, and falls instantly in love ("That's for Me"). Meanwhile, Melissa's mincemeat has won a Blue Ribbon. Margy meets Pat, a reporter, and a mutual romantic attraction develops.

On the last day of the fair, Abel's boar wins the Blue Ribbon, Emily breaks off the growing relationship with Wayne, and Pat must leave for a new job. Back home, Wayne returns to his old girlfriend Eleanor. Pat arrives unexpectedly and asks Margy to marry him. Margy accepts.

Synopsis complet

Book adapted from the Hammerstein screenplay for the 20th Century-Fox film released 20 Aug 1945. The screenplay was based on an adaptation by Sonya Levien and Paul Green of the novel by Phil Stong. The musical version was remade by 20th Century-Fox (release date 15 Mar 1962). A 1933 non-musical version, based on the novel, was also released by 20th Century-Fox.

The stage première of STATE FAIR occurred in a two-week run starting 2 June 1969 at the Municipal Opera House in St. Louis MO. This version, with book by Lucille Kallen, did not reach Broadway. Revised versions were performed in regional productions ca. 1992. The score of the version which finally made it to Broadway in 1996 closely resembles that of the regional productions, but there are differences.
A bit of a stir ensued when the 1996 score was nominated for a Tony Award, even though only four of its songs satisfied the criterion of 'original songs written for the theatre'. (It didn't win.)

01 Opening (Abel, Melissa and Wayne)
02 It Might As Well Be Spring (Margy)
03 Driving At Night (The Frakes)
04 Our State Fair (The Ensemble)
05 That's For Me (Wayne)
06 More Than Just A Friend (Abel, Lem, Clay and Hank)
07 Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Pat and Margy)
08 You Never Had It So Good (Emily Arden and the Fairtones)
09 It Might As Well Be Spring (Reprise) (Margy)
10 When I Go Out Walking With My Baby (Abel and Melissa)
11 So Far (Wayne and Emily)
12 It's A Grand Night For Singing (The Company)
13 The Man I Used To Be (Pat, Vivian and Jeanne)
14 All I Owe Ioway (Abel and the Company)
15 The Man I Used To Be (Reprise) (Pat)
16 Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Reprise) (Margy)
17 That's The Way It Happens (Emily Arden and the Fairtones)
18 Boys And Girls Like You And Me (Abel and Melissa)
19 The Next Time It Happens (Margy)
20 Finale Ultimo


  Making of the Stage Musical 

Version 1

State Fair (Scène) (1969-06-The Muny-St Louis)

Type de série: Workshop
Théâtre: The Muny (St Louis - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : lundi 02 juin 1969
Première : lundi 02 juin 1969
Dernière : dimanche 15 juin 1969
Mise en scène : James Hammerstein
Chorégraphie : Tommy Tune
Avec : Ron Husmann, Jerry Lanning, Bonnie Schon, Carol Richards, Tom Pedi, Tommy Tune and Lawrence Leritz (stage debut) in the children's chorus
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Version 2

State Fair (Scène) (1996-03-Music Box Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Music Box Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre : 8 previews - 110 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 20 mars 1996
Première : mercredi 27 mars 1996
Dernière : dimanche 30 juin 1996
Mise en scène : Randy Skinner • James Hammerstein
Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner
Avec : Melissa Frake ... Kathryn Crosby / Abel Frake ... John Davidson / Margy Frake ... Andrea McArdle / Emily Arden ... Donna McKechnie / Pat Gilbert ... Scott Wise / Wayne Frake ... Ben Wright / Violet ... Jackie Angelescu / Jeanne ... Leslie Bell / Harry ... Peter Benson / The Hoop-La Barker ... Tim Fauvell
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Version 3

State Fair (Scène) (2009-08-Finborough Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Finborough Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 04 août 2009
Première : mardi 04 août 2009
Dernière : samedi 12 septembre 2009
Mise en scène : Thom Southerland
Chorégraphie : Sally Brooks
Avec : Philip Rham (Abel), Susan Travers (Melissa), Laura Main (Margy), Gareth Nash (Harry), Sion Lloyd (Wayne), Kellie Shirley (Emily), David Botham (Pat), Sarah Waddell, Anthony Wise, Robert Rees
Commentaires :
“State Fair” was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s only film musical, first made in 1945 and then re-made in 1962 with Pat Boone and Ann-Margret. It was first adapted into a stage musical in 1969, and premiered in St Louis, but it was not very well received. Twenty-three years later a completely new stage version was created, using a different combination of songs, and was staged at the 1995 Iowa State Fair. This version opened on Broadway in March 1996, the last show to be produced by the legendary David Merrick. It ran for just 110 performances, and was generally regarded as a piece of old-fashioned nostalgia . This fringe-theatre version was its European premiere and opened to generally positive reviews. Due to popular demand its original closing date of 22 August was extended three weeks to September 12th.
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Version 4

State Fair (Scène) (2010-08-Trafalgar Studios 2-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Trafalgar Studios (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Studio 2
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 03 août 2010
Première : jeudi 05 août 2010
Dernière : samedi 28 août 2010
Mise en scène : Thom Southerland
Chorégraphie : Sally Brooks
Avec : Philip Rham (Abel), Susan Travers (Melissa), Laura Main (Margy), Gareth Nash (Harry), Karl Clarkson (Wayne), Jodie Jacobs (Emily), Stephen McGlynn (Pat), Gemma Boaden , Anthony Wise, Lewis Grant
Commentaires :
This was the same production that had played the Finborough in 2009, though with several changes of cast, but again with piano-only accompaniment.
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