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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on May 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm
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Little House on the Prairie – The Musical comes to Dallas & Fort Worth

Melissa Gilbert plays Ma

Melissa Gilbert is Ma, & Steve Blanchard is Pa in the musical version of Little House on the Prairie.

A musical version of Little House on the Prairie is sweeping through the grasslands of north Texas. Based upon the book series of the same name by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a stage adaptation of this beloved American classic is now playing in Dallas, and will soon be in Fort Worth. The story chronicles the struggles and triumphs of a young pioneer family in the late 1800′s. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it’s about as family-friendly as you can get.

“Bonnet Heads,” as diehard Little House fans are called, will be delighted to see Melissa Gilbert, who starred in the popular “Little House on the Prairie” television show from 1974-1984, play a leading role in this new musical. This time, however, Gilbert steps out of her role as the tomboy, Laura, straight into the high-laced boots of Ma, Laura’s mother. Gilbert’s co-star, Steve Blanchard (Pa), brings plenty of Broadway experience to the mix, while Kara Lindsay (Laura) is a relative newcomer.

“Little House on the Prairie, The Musical” is directed by Francesca Zambello. Academy Award winner, Rachel Portman (Emma) composed the score, and Donna di Novelli crafted the lyrics. The show has been running successfully since its 2008 Minneapolis premiere, when it sold out for 12 straight weeks.

“Little House on the Prairie – The Musical,” runs slightly over 2.5 hours and includes one intermission. Tickets are going fast, so check out the information below if you would like to attend.

Dallas performances

When: May 11th-23rd, 2010
Where: Music Hall at Fair Park (map)
Price: $15-$71
Ticket information: Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster
More information: Dallas Summer Musicals official website.

Fort Worth performances

When: June 8th-13th, 2010
Where: Bass Performance Hall (map)
Price: $30-$75
Ticket information: Call 817-212-4280, visit Bass Performance Hall, or online at Bass Performance Hall
More information: Bass Performance Hall official website.

Photo credit: Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals

Related places:
  1. A
    Music Hall
    909 1st Avenue, Dallas, TX
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  2. B
    525 Commerce St
    525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
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