Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the novel by Phil Stong
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Trivia & History
Book adapted from the Hammerstein screenplay for the 20th Century-Fox film released 20 Aug 1945. The screenplay was based on an adaptation by Sonya Levien and Paul Green of the novel by Phil Stong. The musical version was remade by 20th Century-Fox (release date 15 Mar 1962). A 1933 non-musical version, based on the novel, was also released by 20th Century-Fox.
The stage premi?re of STATE FAIR occurred in a two-week run starting 2 June 1969 at the Municipal Opera House in St. Louis MO. This version, with book by Lucille Kallen, did not reach Broadway. Revised versions were performed in regional productions ca. 1992. The score of the version which finally made it to Broadway in 1996 closely resembles that of the regional productions, but there are differences. Songs from earlier incarnations which survived into the Broadway production are numbers 01, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08, 10, 12, 13, 22, 23, 24, 27, and 28.
A bit of a stir ensued when the 1996 score was nominated for a Tony Award, even though only four of its songs satisfied the criterion of 'original songs written for the theatre'. (It didn't win.)
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