PRAIRIE, a new musical based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is in the works.
Melissa Gilbert, who achieved fame as Laura in the TV series, will play Ma opposite Patrick Swayze as Pa.
The musical appears to cover Laura's teen years, at least in part, as one of the characters is Mrs. Brewster. Mrs. Brewster, readers will recall, was the scary woman Laura lived with when she was a teacher.
It will certainly be interesting to find out whether Ms. Gilbert can sing. Gilbert continues to act in TV-movies and in recent years has served as President of the Screen Actors Guild. She has been married to Bruce Boxleitner for the last dozen years.