Nobody puts Half-Pint in a corner

An upcoming New York workshop presentation of Prairie, a musical version of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, will star Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing) and Melissa Gilbert as Pa and Ma. The show will run April 16-17 in New York (but will be closed to the public), and producers are aiming for a national tour in spring 2008.

In her youth, Gilbert played spunky daughter Laura Ingalls in the LHOTP television series.

This was her then:

This is her now:

She grew up nice, didn’t she?

Women appear to be running this show: the book was written by Beth Henley (who won a Pulitzer for her fabulous play Crimes of the Heart), the lyrics were written by Donna DiNovelli, Oscar winner Rachel Portman (Emma) composed the music, and Francesca Zambello will direct.

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