College of Arts and Humanities

Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

February 20 - March 2
Theatre, Main Stage(107)

Book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by Mark Brotherton

Dust off those trombones, we’re heading to River City, Iowa, where fast-talking salesman Harold Hill is about to have all of his schemes foiled by Marian, that lovely librarian. This long-beloved musical will be a joint production between the Theatre and Music Departments.

  • Reviews

    The Music Man - Archikulture Digest

    UCF Theater brings The Music Man to the stage - Central Florida Future

    Theatre UCF Brings on the Live Music in THE MUSIC MAN - Broadway World

    Previews

    Theatre UCF opens The Music Man - Orlando Sentinel

    Center Stage with The Music Man - Orlando's Stage Door

    The Music Man Puts Spotlight on Performing Arts' Collaboration - UCF Today

    The Music Man showcases talent from theater, music department - Central Florida Future

    Audience Comments

    What a special experience you gave to my husband and I Thursday night for the first performance of "Music Man". What wonderful energy and excitement all of the cast and crew brought to this amazing musical. Fifty two years ago, I was in "Music Man" in highschool. My sister and I played two of the Pick-a-little, talk-a-little ladies: Hettie and Lettie Bean. The snappy lyrics and dialogue are something I will never forget. I could have said or sung every word along with you. However, my husband was ready to "punch me" if I started singing. We just moved here from Iowa 5 years ago. The musical is pretty famous there, of course. We found Iowa very much like the songs say. Meredith Wilson did a wonderful job putting this mathematical musical together and including lots of personal additions as well. (American Gothic by Grant Hill is another Iowa treasure.) Mostly, I wanted all of the students to know that their skills and passion for theater were very evident in the performance. We had a wonderful evening. Thank you.
    "Bravo" for the amazingly fine production of Music Man which my houseguest and I thoroughly enjoyed this past Friday evening! It exceeded any expectations either of us may have had.... such creative use of that venue, outstanding performances by each and every actor and the marvelous work of the chamber orchestra, binding the production together. I loved the way they worked the persona of the conductor into the play in amusing ways (as Orlando Phil has occasionally done in their stage opera or music theater productions). Brilliantly staged and performed. Truly, one of the most enjoyable renditions of this play I (and my friend) have ever seen.
  • Further Reading

    Dramaturg's Notes

    The Music Man is a snapshot of quintessential Americana. Based on his upbringing in Mason City, Iowa, Meredith Willson revamps his memories of visiting the library his grandfather built and being a part of a barbershop quartet, then plays them out onstage as if to say, “remember the good ol' days?” Premiering in 1957 in New York City, the musical ran for 1,375 performances and won several Tony Awards. The musical smash hit also won the first Grammy Award for Best Cast Album, followed by the 1962 film adaptation winning the Academy Award for Best Musical Score.

    THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
    All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
    421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
    www.MTIShows.com

  • Cast & Crew

    Creative Team

    1. DirectorMark Brotherton
    2. Music DirectorSteven Chicurel
    3. Ass't Director/ ChoreographerCourtney Kaye Kirby*
    4. Design AdvisorBert Scott
    5. Scenic DesignerJoseph Rusnock
    6. Costume DesignerDaniel M. Jones
    7. Lightning DesignerCharles "Chip" Perry
    8. Sound DesignerAnthony Narciso*
    9. Stage ManagerEmily Hankins*

    Cast*

    1. Harold HillAndrew Conners
    2. Marian ParooAlexis Mativi
    3. School Board/ The Quartet:
    4. Ewart DunlopJohn DeLisa
    5. Oliver HixTrevor Starr
    6. Jacey SquiresGabe Friedman
    7. Olin BrittDerek Antoniazzi
    8. Mrs.ParooStephanie Trull
    9. Marcellus WashburnJeffrey Peacock
    10. Mayor ShinnJean-Michel Rousseau
    11. Eulalie Mackecknie ShinnEdmarie Montes
    12. Alma HixDeanna Quintero
    13. Maud DunlopKathryn Nash
    14. Ethel ToffelmierGrace Rubin
    15. Mrs. SquiresClaney Outzen
    16. Winthrop ParooJason Zavitz
    17. Tommy DjilasDominique Allen Lawson
    18. Zaneeta ShinnKelli Owens
    19. AmaryllisKennedy Joy Foristall
    20. Charlie CowellGlenn Lorandeau
    21. Gracie ShinnCarly Swain
    22. Traveling SalesmenJohn DeLisa, Fredy Ruiz, Kyle Wilkinson, Ricardo Lastrapes
    23. Traveling Salesmen & ConstableDavid Weiland
    24. Newspaper ReadersChristian Barba, Will Niemeier
    25. ConductorJosh Whedon
    26. The LadiesAshley Turner, Melina Countrymen, Tess Muccigrosso, Deirdre Manning
    27. River City TownskidsCarly Swain, Rachael Pisarski, Gabriel Quijano, Carter Benson

    *All cast members are students at UCF, with the exception of Mr. Zavitz, Miss Foristall. Miss Swain, and the River City Townskids.

    Production Team

    1. DramaturgKate Busselle*
    2. Dance CaptainsDominique Allen Lawson*, Kathryn Nash*
    3. Rehearsal PianistPati Sayers
    4. Ass't. Scenic DesignerAlyssa Marinello*
    5. Ass't. Costume DesignerSophia Parrish*
    6. Ass't. Stage ManagersRachel Kartiganer*, Rebecca Kane*
    7. Production AssistantJessica Karlen*
    8. Tech DirectorJohn Heil
    9. Ass't. Tech DirectorMichael Layton
    10. Props MasterCat Koski*
    11. Paint ChargeSasha Glinski*
    12. Master CarpenterChris McKinney*
    13. Costume Shop SupervisorKyla Kazuschyk
    14. Cutter/DraperWilliam Thomspon*
    15. Master ElectricianCatt Mucklow*
    16. Sound EngineerAndrew Mulkey*
    17. Light Board OpTanya Degray*
    18. Sound Board OpRandall Heidelburg

    * Student at UCF.

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Performances

  • Thursday, February 20 at 8pm
  • Friday, February 21 at 8pm
  • Saturday, February 22 at 8pm
  • Sunday, February 23 at 2pm
  • Thursday, February 27 at 8pm
  • Friday, February 28 at 8pm
  • Saturday, March 1 at 8pm
  • Sunday, March 2 at 2pm

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