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Little House on the Prairie The Musical exclusive preview

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

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

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