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“State Fair”

hqdefault-2.jpg“State Fair” is the only R&H musical written specifically Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.39.01 PM.pngfor the screen. No wonder! There are so many set changes. How the heck would they Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.38.40 PM.pnghave staged the pivotal roller
coaster and ferris wheel scenes?

I just love this musical. I forgot how often I used to watch it. I always claimed that “Oklahoma
!” was my favorite musical, because Laurey had blonde hair. Like I do. This was Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.27.58 PM.png8d55416c67c702be31084d1d225d7c8d.jpga very sensible rationalization when I was younger.

I also liked Ariel the most Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.27.27 PM.png(Disney) because her name started with an A. Like mine does…Margey, a brunette, was always relegated to third place for me— right behind Julie, from “Carousel.” Again, in hindsight, I think I just liked Shirely Jones’s hair. So, if anything, as I’ve grown up, I’ve become less superficial! I think that’s commendable!

In reality, I probably watched “State Fair” more frequently than any other R&H musical. I totally remember long road trips in the car, sitting with Haley and Ryan, and singing along to the opening song. Aptly titled, “Our State Fair”.Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.34.30 PM.pngstate-fair-2.jpg

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.36.23 PM.pngThe story focuses on a family who travels to their state fair, “the best state fair in
[their] state”. (Are there multiple state fairs in a state? This line confuses me, and always has. I would think that a state
fair would be THE State Fair. It seems counterintuitive to invest
resources in multiple state fairs…) There’s singing, and dancing and beautiful clothing! There’s also some great humor. Look out for the accidental additions of excess brandy to the mincemeat! Slash, if you like pigs, you’ll love Blue Boy.
Thought it’d be fun to check out ModCloth and Anthropologie, where I often see vintage inspired clothing, and look for updated versions of the female protagonists’ outfits!
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Fave songs: “Our State Fair,” “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” and “Isn’t It Kind of Fun?”

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