Melissa Gilbert As Ma Ingalls

Little House on the Prairie: The Musical starring Melissa Gilbert has been breaking records across America and continues to tour the country through June 2010. SheKnows has been given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what very well be Broadway's next big hit.

Gilbert came to fame in the '70s for portraying Laura Ingalls, the true-life writer of an entire collection of Little House on the Prairie with which an entire nation fell in love.

Little House on the Prairie The Musical: coming to a town near you

Now, Gilbert has come full circle in the Little House universe. On October 13, 2009, Gilbert and her cast took to the stage in St Paul, Minnesota with Gilbert now in the role of Ma, Caroline Ma Ingalls.

Little House on the Prairie: The Musical is directed by Francesca Zambello, whose credits include the joyous Disney's The Little Mermaid. When Little House on the Prairie left its Minnesota (notably where the books take place) record-breaking debut, the show headed to New Jersey for 23 sold-out performances playing to more than 45,000 people.

Joining entertainment icon Gilbert on the Little House On The Prairie The Musical tour is Steve Blanchard filling the iconic Michael Landon shoes as Charles "Pa" Ingalls with Kara Lindsay as Laura, Kevin Massey as Almanzo Wilder, Kate Loprest as Nellie Oleson, Carly Rose Sonenclar as Carrie Ingalls and Alessa Neeck as Mary Ingalls.

The world-premiere production features music by Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman (Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma), lyrics by Donna di Novelli as well as a book by Tony Award-winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

During its world premiere production in August 2008 at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Little House On The Prairie: The Musical shattered all box-office records (more than $1.9 million) and sold-out for 12 consecutive weeks.

Little House: The Musical tour dates

12/8/09 - 12/13/09 -- Tempe, Gammage Auditorium
12/15/09 - 12/27/09 -- Denver, Buell Auditorium
1/5/10 - 1/10/10 -- Fayetteville, Walton Arts Center
1/12/10 - 1/17/10 -- Omaha, Orpheum Theatre
1/19/10 - 1/24/10 -- Madison, Overture Center for the Arts
1/27/10 - 2/28/10 -- Toronto, The Canon
3/2/10 - 3/7/10 -- Tampa, Tampa Bay PAC
3/9/10 - 3/14/10 -- Naples, The Philharmonic
3/16/10 - 3/21/10 -- Raleigh, BTI Center
3/23/10 - 3/28/10 -- Appleton, Fox Cities PAC
4/8/10 - 4/11/10 -- Spokane, Spokane Opera House
4/14/10 - 4/25/10 -- Sacramento, Community Center Theater
4/28/10 - 5/9/10 -- Houston, Hobby Center for the Perf. Arts
6/1/10 - 6/6/10 -- Sioux Falls, Washington Pavilion
6/8/10 - 6/13/10 -- Ft. Worth, Bass Performance Hall

SheKnows exclusive behind Little House: The Musical

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Keith Kemper January 18, 2010 | 12:45 AM

Wild child lyrics are far from the little house that we know and love how sad I could have even done better on the music they should have used the themes from the show as the songs with lyrics that would have been more realistic the main theme is not there how sad lauras theme is not there Marys Theme is not there Charles theme is not there sad indeed.

Janet January 03, 2010 | 6:57 PM

That is awesome, have tickets to see her at Omaha. How do we get to arrange a visit with her after the show??? Thank you!

allexis December 08, 2009 | 6:26 PM

tell me what you want to come to long island

John Bachler December 08, 2009 | 10:49 AM

The show was fantastic. My daughter and her boyfriend, big fans of Little House had a prearranged after show visit with Melissa. We got to meet her and her son Mike, who is also in the show. What nice people. Melissa is just a wonderful, down to earth gal. It was an experience we will never forget! GO SEE THE SHOW!!

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