A feel-good musical that has been entertaining audiences since the 1940s, “State Fair” makes a triumphant return to a West End stage where the classic songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein II come back to life. The original movie, which had been adapted from the novel by Phil Stong, was an Academy Award winner, picking up the honour for its terrific music and when it sets up on the stage of Trafalgar Studios 2, it is certain to bring in crowds from all over London. People will travel far and wide to witness the adventure of the Frake family, where they embark on a memorable trip, and the experiences of audience members are sure to match.
American writer Phil Stong first put pen to paper on “State Fair” in 1932 and it would become his most famous work. Over a decade later it would be picked up by the famous songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who would transform the original novel into a timeless movie musical. The result would be Academy Award success, a 1962 remake and a stage adaptation that now brings the smile-inducing story to the stage of Trafalgar Studios.
State Fair introduces audiences to the Frakes; an Iowa family who have decided to escape their everyday routine on a farm in the heartland of America and head out to the annual State Fair. It is 1946 and the annual Iowa event is a location of great adventure across three glorious days, full of prizes, romance and surprises. By the time that the Frake family find their way back home their lives will be heading in brand new directions, with great hope for the future.
But that’s not all there is to “State Fair”; the classic songs that earned it its acclaim back in the 1940s all make a return, including “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, “It Might as Well Be Spring”, “Our State Fair” and “That’s For Me”.
Getting an insight into a farming family of 1940s America and the fun to be had at the nearby State Fair is just part of the appeal of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic and when it lands at Trafalgar Studios 2 it is certain to be a welcome part of a great season for the venue. It runs from Thursday 5th August 2010 (previews from Tuesday 3rd August 2010) to Saturday 28th August 2010.
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 11th September 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
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