Wow, I can barely keep up with Little House on the Prairie news! The latest word, according to a story at Playbill.com, is that the musical, currently in previews at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, will embark on a 40-city tour beginning in the fall of 2009.
Obviously, we're in the very early stages, so there's no discussion yet of which cities or whether any of the cast currently with the show would go out on tour. And the matter of whether Little House will make a stop on Broadway first is still up in the air.
Producer Ben Sprecher says that a decision about a Broadway transfer will be made following the official opening at the Guthrie, scheduled for Friday. (I'm thinking they're waiting for the reviews to come in.) He tells Playbill that the producing team is keeping all options open.
So, good news for Little House fans who can't make it to Minneapolis and for those of us hoping that the show gets its moment in the Broadway spotlight.