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