A bright-red ribbon to Stages St. Louis for mounting a fine production of the slight but enjoyable State Fair, Rodgers and Hammerstein's follow-up to Oklahoma!. What, you didn't know Oklahoma! had a sequel? Well, thank Darryl F. Zanuck and 20th Century Fox, who noted the enormous success of this rural masterpiece on Broadway and decided to dust off a reel from the inventory (1932's State Fair, starring Will Rogers and Janet Gaynor). Add a few numbers and you've got a musical, and R&H had no trouble dashing off a quickie, though under their own conditions. As Richard Rodgers wrote in his memoir, Musical Stages: "We had no intention of spending an extended length of time in Hollywood and we insisted that we be allowed to write the songs in the East." State Fair doesn't seem so much disjointed as Hollywoodized, yet R&H provided tender numbers, notably "It Might as... More >>>