Little House takes to the (musical) stage

Little House on the Prairie the musical. Can you really blame me? But maybe you live in Minnesota, or are planning to visit Minnesota, and can get on over to the Guthrie Theater to check it out.

My intrigue is based on several things. First and foremost, there was nothing I loved better than Little House when I was a kid. I read my set of books to tatters, and I never missed an episode on television. As far as I was concerned, Melissa Gilbert was Laura Ingalls. I had dreams about putting Nellie Oleson in her place. And I would be embarrassed about all of this except that I know all of this was true of every other girl my age, too.

And my daughter devoured the series, too, which made me happier than it should’ve, probably.

Anyway, I think it should’ve come as no surprise to anyone that the upcoming show broke the Guthrie’s box office record:

Tickets for the Guthrie world premiere of Little House on the Prairie, the new musical based on the series of books of the same name, went on sale June 27.

During that first day, 5,461 tickets to the musical were sold, breaking all previous box office records. Previous record holders included the 2007 Guthrie WorldStage presentation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear (3,639 tickets sold in one day) and the 2006 staging of the annual holiday show A Christmas Carol (1,363 tickets sold in one day).

Right. Obviously! I mean, Melissa Gilbert is playing Ma. That sort of makes my brain hurt, but for the most part I think it’s really, really cool.

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