She’s Everywhere, People!

Gotta love when you get a good Laura mention in a restaurant review.

She’s also making the pages of the venerable Wall Street Journal. We get some good info in this story:

The musical starts when Laura leaves Minnesota. Or, the beginning of the young-adult years, aka By the Shores of Silver Lake.

Artsy benefactors put up $1 million for the production with their long-term eye on Broadway.

A national tour is brewing. Quote, “… even before the show’s opening in Minneapolis, a national tour to begin in September 2009 was booked.”

Question for Broadway-savvy folks: If a national tour is beginning in September 2009, is it possible it could o to Broadway after the Guthrie run, and then be taken nationally? Or would the Broadway run be a whole ‘nother thing? Different actors for all three possibilities? Assuming all three things happen, what are the possibilities?

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3 Responses to She’s Everywhere, People!

  1. sgaissert says:

    This musical is really stirring up quite a fuss! I think Laura might like that.

  2. Esther says:

    Well normally, you’d have an out-of-town tryout, followed by a move to Broadway, followed by a national tour a year or so later. You wouldn’t have one production open on Broadway while another production opens on tour.

    But of course after a show has been on Broadway for a year, you could have one or more touring companies at the same time that it’s playing in New York, like Hairspray and Wicked and Mamma Mia! have, for example. The sets are usually a little scaled down so they can be moved easily from city to city, the choreography may be changed slightly to accommodate a smaller stage and they could even eliminate a song. But usually it’s pretty much the same show that you’d see in New York.

    And yes, the touring company would have an entirely different cast from the Broadway production. One in awhile, the Broadway actors do go on tour with a show, but that’s pretty rare. (I think a couple of the Mary Poppins actors will tour when that show goes out next year(). I wouldn’t expect Melissa Gilbert or Kara Lindsay to tour, but you never know. They might go to a couple big cities with it, like Los Angeles or Toronto, where a show would stay for a few weeks. But I can’t see Melissa Gilbert going on a nationwide tour where she’s in a different city every weekend!

    Sometimes a show will skip Broadway entirely and just tour. There’s a production of Happy Days, based on the tv show, that’s touring but was never on Broadway. I think that’s probably what the Little House producers originally intended but I think they’re also keeping their options open, especially with the buzz that’s building at the Guthrie.

    Ideally, they’d love to take it to Broadway. That increases a show’s marketability when it goes on tour, especially if it manages to win a Tony award. But Little House has such great name recognition, it doesn’t need awards. It could probably skip Broadway, go right out on tour and do great. Still, Broadway’s like the major leagues. If you’re an actor or a composer or a producer, you want a chance to play in the big leagues.

  3. Esther says:

    There’s a story on Playbill.com today that there’ll be a 40-city “Little House on the Prairie” tour starting in the fall of 2009. So, great news for people who can’t get to Minneapolis! No word on any cities yet. That probably won’t come until next spring or summer. It’s still undecided whether the show will go to Broadway first. I guess it all depends on the critical reception after opening night on Friday.

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