After a triumphant win for their prized hog, Abel and his family express pride and admiration for their home state. Soon everyone joins them in honoring the great state of Iowa.
On the last night of the fair, romance fills the air at the Starlight Dance Meadow, where couples twirl on the dance floor and sing along with the band.
Margy meets a worldly reporter named Pat, who wishes for something more exciting to report on. But Margy loves the fair, saying it’s how all of Iowa takes pride in what they do with their lives. Margy and Pat don’t exactly get along, but they do seem to enjoy one another.
When a glamorous and somewhat mysterious woman rescues him from a corrupt carnival barker’s scam, headstrong Wayne is smitten.
Margy, unsatisfied with her life, is eager for a change. Though she can’t seem to figure out why, she’s “as restless as a willow in a wind storm.” This Academy Award-Winning Best Original Song was performed by Jeanne Crain in the film State Fair, but her voice was dubbed by Louanne Hogan. In his biography of Richard Rodgers, William G. … Read More
This recording of the 1962 remake of State Fair, starring Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, Alice Faye and Pat Boone, includes new songs written by Richard Rodgers, as Hammerstein had died in 1960. In 2016, Stage Door Records re-released the soundtrack recording with 15 bonus tracks, including instrumental recordings and pop versions of the songs sung by the film’s stars.
The soundtrack to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 musical remake of 20th Century Fox’s 1933 film State Fair includes celebrated songs like “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” The film’s cast included Fay Bainter, Vivian Blaine, Dick Haymes, Percy Kilbride and more. At the time, Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine were well-known big band … Read More
Sixty-one years after its film premiere, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair finally made its way to the Broadway stage. Starring Kathryn Crosby, John Davidson, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie and Scott Wise, State Fair opened at the Music Box Theatre on March 27, 1996. With a new book adapted from Hammerstein’s screenplay by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, the Broadway production … Read More
Seventeen years after Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1945 movie musical (which had been adapted from the 1933 non-musical film State Fair), a new film version of State Fair was created using most of the pair’s original music. With its setting moved to Texas, the 1962 film starred Ann-Margaret, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Pamela Tiffin. Since Oscar Hammerstein had passed away … Read More
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