Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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October 01, 2013

Tony-Winning Broadway Comedy Opens at the Fairgrounds

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Brings Laughs, While Fright Nights Specializes in Fear

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced the following events running from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 at the New York State Fairgrounds:

The award-winning Broadway musical satire “The Drowsy Chaperone” opens Friday evening in the Empire Theater.  The TheaterFirst Productions show centers on a man whose favorite old musical comes to life when he plays the rare recording of the obscure show.  The original production was nominated for 13 Tony awards in 2006, winning five of them, including for Best Original Score and Best Musical Book.  It also won seven Drama Desk awards that year, including for Outstanding Musical.

The musical runs for three weekends, through October 20.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $30, with $28 tickets for senior citizens.  They are available by calling 703-3333.

This is also the second weekend for Fright Nights at the Fair, taking place in the Beef Barn at the Fairgrounds.  Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. 

Fright Nights features two new attractions – a Clown Prison and The Crypt – along with four returning attractions.  There are non-scary carnival rides for young children.  Food and drink vending will be available. The organizers do not recommend the thrill attractions for children younger than age 9 and advise that parents should use their discretion.

Ticket prices are $10 for a single attraction, $15 for the 3-D Haunted Hayride, and $20 for all attractions and the hayride.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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