The Story of The Music Man
The setting of the story is River City, Iowa in 1912 where Professor Harold Hill - "THE MUSIC MAN” - arrives as a sassy lovable rogue to fleece its citizens with an original gold-brick scheme. His intention is to excite in the townspeople a desire to organize a brass band, to collect their money for instruments, uniforms and sheet music, and then to disappear with the loot without teaching anyone to toot a horn as he had promised. As long as a conniver isn't mean, but is merely wily and clever, audiences will love a crook. And perhaps that's the secret of the popularity of the con-man in "THE MUSIC MAN." He is thoroughly ingratiating in his swindling.
His particular racket is to drop into a small town, whip up its citizens over the perils of a pool table to their youth, induce them to subscribe for instruments and uniforms to put the kids into the more wholesome activity of playing in a brass band. His spieling, his air of jaunty confidence, make him endearing.
From there on it is easy. The trick works! The townspeople load the professor with their
money. But something goes wrong. The rascally trickster can't take the next step of skipping town. He has met the lovely librarian - Marian - and he can't go. Suspicious of his glibness, she is cool to him. But he can't go!
The plot's complications, of course, bring about the con-man's reform, and he wins the
librarian, but not before seventeen memorably lilting or rousing songs have been sung including the famous rafter-shaking "Seventy-Six Trombones."
The story ends with one of the most stirring "happy endings" of any musical comedy in stage history: the town has its brass band, and everybody is grinning and prancing as it plays. Audiences everywhere have "joined the show" at this point, clapping in rhythm to the music, grinning back at a show that is all wholesome fun, that every child as well as every adult can take pleasure in.
You too will feel, as did the critic for the New York News (John Chapman) - that the show should either be twice as long or given twice at every performance.
• Iowa Stubborn
• Ya Got Trouble
• Piano Lesson
• Goodnight My Someone
• Seventy-Six Trombones
• The Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me
• Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little
• Marian The Librarian
• My White Night
• Wells Fargo Wagon
• It's You
• Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You
• Gary, Indiana
• Till There Was You
The Music Man Main Cast
Harold Hill - Barry Snider
Marcellus Washburn - Jamie Mowat
Winthrop Paroo - Devon Lawrence
Mayor Shinn - Tim Barnai
Charlie Cowell - John Watson
Constable Locke - Don McHugh
Tommy Djilas - Koldin Collie
Marian Paroo - Moira Cairns
Mrs. Paroo - Melanie Hines-Laplante
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn - Charlene Morin
Zaneeta Shinn - Bethany Ricker
Amaryllis - Maggie Desmarais
Gracie Shinn - Abigail Reed
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"The Music Man" will be staged in the Lakeshore Catholic High School Auditorium,
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