Show Credits: Book by Meredith Willson Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, TONY Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer.
Accolades/ Awards: Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Author, Composer and Lyricist. Its cast album won the Grammy Award, while the score for the film won an Academy Award.
Insight from the experts Staging Tip: Everything can be suggested or acheived as a unit Town Square set. A train coach; town square; town hall (can be same as square); a mid-western parlor and porch; the town library; outside a hotel; a footbridge.