July 1, 2008

Little House on the Prairie Musical Breaks Advance Sale Record

A new musical based on the beloved Little House on the Prairie books broke the box office in advance sales at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis where it will open in August. 58% of the ticket buyers said they has never seen a show at the theatre before.

Melissa Gilbert, who starred in the TV series and is the former head of the Screen Actors Guild, takes on the role of Ma and the creative team is all women: music by film composer Rachel Portman, lyrics by Donna di Novelli and book by Rachel Sheinkin (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”). Francesca Zambello (“The Little Mermaid”) directs.

Let's hope this show does well and has a long life.

'Little House' breaks bank (Variety)
photo: Robert Torrence/ PR Photos