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State Fair

Richard Fleeshman leads cast of State Fair at Cadogen Music Hall

Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair comes to London.

Dom O'Hanlon
Dom O'Hanlon

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra have announced that their first public concert will be a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair which will feature the fully orchestrated score performed for the first time in London.

The concert will take place at Cadogan Hall on 6 November 2016, and will feature a 32-piece orchestra playing the score that includes "It Might as Well Be Spring", "You Never Had It So Good" and "The Man I Used to Be".

Directed by Thom Southerland, the concert performance will be conducted by Freddie Tapner with a cast that includes West End favourites Wendi Peters (Melissa Frake), Richard Fleeshman (Pat), Emma Hatton (Emily), Oliver Savile and Celinde Schoenmaker. Other roles will be played by the London Musical Theatre Chorus.

State Fair features a book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and music by Richard Rodgers. It was originally written for film in 1945, and was first brought to the stage in 1969 at the Muny Theatre. The Broadway production opened on 27 March 1996 at the Music Box Theatre where it ran for 110 performances.

Director Thom Southerland staged the first London production at the Finborough Theatre in west London in 2009 which went on to transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 in 2010.

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra comprises a range of London's greatest professional musicians with an enthusiasm for musical theatre. They aim to make full orchestral performances accessible to brand new audiences as well as bringing the exciting repertoire of musical theatre to a more traditional orchestral audience.

Tickets for the production are now on sale.

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