The Music Man
Book, Music and Lyrics by MEREDITH WILLSON | Based on a story by MEREDITH WILLSON and FRANKLIN LACEY | Directed by JEFF CALHOUN
December 5, 2018 at 10:30am
Recommended for middle and elementary schools
THE MUSIC MAN was the sensation of Broadway when it first premiered and scored six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical (beating out West Side Story). Sixty years later it’s still an American institution with its one-of-a-kind score including rousing marches (“Seventy-Six Trombones”), soaring ballads (“Till There Was You”), and Willson’s snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. Fast-talking salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. For this new, innovative, tap-infused production, Tony Award-nominated director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) returns to Asolo Rep (Bonnie & Clyde, Pulse) to direct and award-winning actor, dancer and choreographer Noah Racey (Pulse) returns to dazzle in the role of Harold Hill.