Broadcaster Scott Wahle
The season at Reagle Music Theatre continues July 15 - 25 with Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man." IRNA winners Scott Wahle and Sarah Pfisterer (from Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" and "Show Boat") return to River City to recreate their IRNE nominated roles as Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. Bob Freschi directs, with choreography by Susan Chebookjian. All performances will take place at Robinson Theatre in Waltham.
An affectionate homage to the small town America of a bygone era, "The Music Man" follows the shenanigans of a fast-talking traveling salesman and con man “Professor” Harold Hill as he bamboozles the citizens of River City, Iowa.
Hill’s dire warning about the troubled youth of River City alarms the good citizenry into purchasing band instruments and uniforms from him, hoping that forming a marching band will guide their young people onto the right path. Hill, the ultimate opportunist with no musical expertise, plans to escape with the cash before the townsfolk realize they’ve been scammed.
The swindle seems complete until Hill finds himself unexpectedly smitten with Marian Paroo, the town’s librarian, who doubted Hill’s veracity from the start. Marian, and love, transform Hill into a respectable citizen by the show’s finale. By that time, Hill has infused River City with a renewed sense of pride, passion and purpose. The town ultimately forgives the schemer while Hill walks the straight and narrow with Marian by his side.
Wilson’s imaginative score includes: "Seventy
Six Trombones," "Till There Was You," "Trouble,"
"Goodnight, My Someone," "Lida Rose," "Marian,
the Librarian," and "My White Knight."
"The Music Man," starring Robert Preston
and Barbara Cook, opened at Broadway's
Majestic Theatre in 1957, The show would go on to win five Tony
Awards, including Best Musical (beating "West
Side Story"). A screen adaptation, starring Preston and
Shirley Jones, opened in 1962, while a television version
came along in 2003 starring Matthew Broderick and
Kristen Chenowith. Subsequent stage revivals in New York have
starred everyone from Dick Van Dyke to Craig
Bierko and Eric McCormack.
For tickets, call 781-891-5600 or visit www.reaglemusictheatre.com.
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