NAPPANEE, Ind., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine years before Joseph Stein penned the book for Fiddler on the Roof, his first musical, Plain and Fancy, kicked off the 1955 Broadway season. Albert Hague, another future Tony award winner, composed his first Broadway score for the show. It contrasted a brash New York couple come to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to sell an inherited farm to an Amish patriarch.
This musical introduced Broadway to unique Amish culture. The idea for the show developed when Stein was sent by producer Richard Kolmar to write a show that would celebrate his home state of Pennsylvania in the same way Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! had put the Sooner state on the map. Ignoring Philadelphia and the Liberty Bell, an obvious choice located much closer to the bright lights of Broadway, Stein found inspiration among the Amish of Lancaster County. Plain and Fancy with stubborn Papa Yoder and numbers like "Young and Foolish," "Plain We Live," and "How Do You Build A Barn?" certainly set the stage for Tevya's story.
It was a moderate hit at 462 performances, and then it lay virtually dormant for nearly three decades until an Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort in Nappanee, Indiana revived it in a relocated round barn. The barn was converted into a 400 seat theatre with proscenium stage. There Plain and Fancy has run year after year, in repertory with over 100 other Broadway shows and now opens May 25th for its thirtieth anniversary production. It will add to over 3,500 performances to a combined audience of 350,000 in a town with a population of 7,000.
Plain and Fancy, written by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman, with music by Albert Hague and lyrics by Arnold Horwitt, will be performed at the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres, May 25 to October 15, 2016. For reservations and information call 800-800-4942
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SOURCE Amish Acres, LLC