The Music Man

Too bad there isn’t a meter to measure civic pride. If there were, Mason City, Iowa – the real River City that bookwriter-composer-lyricist Meredith Willson fictionalized in his Tony-winning 1957-58 musical THE MUSIC MAN – would score high. Now the town with 28,000 people has bought more than 2,000 tickets to two nights of Shirley [...]

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It all started from a casual, off-the-cuff story. “About a half-dozen years ago,” says Patrick Cassidy, “I was Harold Hill and Mom was Mrs. Paroo in a full production of THE MUSIC MAN at the Bushnell in Hartford.” “Mom,” not so incidentally, is Shirley Jones, who has a history with THE MUSIC MAN. She was, [...]

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I didn’t care that there were 47 fewer actors on stage than there had been in 1957 – or that the orchestra was 75 trombones shy. Seeing THE MUSIC MAN in a modest concert version in Newark, New Jersey (a c0-production between the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Two River Theater Company) last [...]

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It only ran 63 days in 2002, but THE LAST FIVE YEARS has lasted far longer than the last 11 years. online writing service Jason Robert Brown’s musical, which has had countless productions around the country, is now enjoying a first-class revival at Second Stage in New York City. It must be the production that [...]

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You’ve produced every one of the musicals that Stephen Sondheim has written. As a result, you’ve educated your audiences to know what to expect from the 20th century’s greatest musical theater composer-lyricist: the unexpected. YOU'RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW is a good piece for you to do if theaters in neighboring towns have recently done SIDE [...]

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Seeing The Music Man at the Bergen County Players last week reminded me of the previous time that I’d seen The Music Man. That happened in September as well. And although I’ve since witnessed about 3,500 stage productions, that Music Man of 11 years ago is one I haven’t forgotten – and will never forget. [...]

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What’s the most famous story concerning THE MUSIC MAN? That it beat WEST SIDE STORY for the Best Musical Tony? That it made an A-grade star of B-level movie performer Robert Preston? Or is it the one that tells what happened midway through Act One on opening night in 1957? Preston and company were doing [...]

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Attention all Meredith Willson fans! The University of Minnesota Press has recently released brand-new reprints of Meredith Willson’s classic books, “But He Doesn’t Know The Territory”, and, “And There I Stood with My Piccolo.” Meredith Willson, an MTI Author of renowned fame, has written such great musicals as THE MUSIC MAN, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, [...]

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The St. Louis Muny’s production of THE MUSIC MAN starts its run July 20.  The largest outdoor theatre in the country showcases the talents of James Clow as Harold Hill and Kate Baldwin as Marian Paroo.  Performances end July 26, though, so get your tickets soon! For more information about the Muny’s THE MUSIC MAN, [...]

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True Life: Camp’d Out- I’m Going to Performing Arts Camp   MTV takes its popular documentary series, True Life: Camp’d Out, to the Western Catskills of New York to visit the highly distinguished summer camp, French Woods. Shooting for nine weeks of the summer camp session in 2008, MTV’s True Life crew follows the lives [...]

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