The North Platte Canteen
A Musical Miracle
By Johnny Rodgers and Sue Fabisch Errico

The extraordinary true story of one woman’s selfless act that inspired thousands and benefited millions.

In 1941, when 26-year-old Rae Wilson heard that her brother’s troop train would be making a stop in their hometown of North Platte, Nebraska, she organized a group of ladies to welcome the boys with food and gifts for their long journey off to war. But a different train without her brother arrived instead, and Rae’s decision to welcome these young men and women transformed her generosity into a four-and-a-half year phenomenon.

A 90-minute musical full of love, perseverance, and even a popcorn ball.

SUE FABISCH (ERRICO) is the author (book, music, lyrics) of Motherhood the Musical, which has played across the US and around the world in Peru, Scotland, Toronto, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Argentina, Hungary and Australia. Next up for “Motherhood…” are shows in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and more!

An award-winning songwriter for other artists, Sue’s songs have reached the #1 spot on Radio Disney. Her own album hit the Top 10 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Comedy Chart and her CD “The Avon Lady Album”, featuring songs to inspire and motivate Avon Ladies, was marketed by Avon for their 3 million representatives worldwide.

Formerly from New Jersey, Sue has three kids and lives in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit and

JOHNNY RODGERS is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, Broadway veteran, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden, from The New York Times, as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer.”

As an Ambassador of American Music, Johnny tours for the State Department to places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Johnny has toured Russia and performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

Rodgers doubled as piano man and singer/dancer for Liza Minnelli performances/tours and starred in and wrote the song “I Would Never Leave You” for Liza’s Tony Award®-winning Liza’s At The Palace, which was filmed and released by PBS television. Johnny has earned New York’s Nightlife, Bistro and MAC awards for his performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and other premiere clubs. His songwriting has been recognized with Billboard and ASCAP Foundation awards.

“All photographs, unless otherwise noted, appear courtesy of the Lincoln County Historical Museum, North Platte, Nebraska