November 2, 2012
They’ll be striking up the band big time when the Walnut Street Theatre presents Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, opening on Tuesday, November 6.
One of the original favorite high school musicals, this is fun family fare that’s full of memorable tunes, including lovely ballads “Till There Was You” and “Goodnight My Someone” as well as high-spirited foot-stompers like “Shipoopi” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”
A genuine slice of Americana, the story takes place in the early 1900s and tells the tale of Professor Howard Hill, who comes to River City and convinces the townsfolk that he can help keep their kids out of trouble by teaching the youngsters how to play in a marching band. All they need to do is buy instruments and uniforms off him.
Everyone looks forward to the day when the Wells Fargo wagon delivers the goods; however, Hill is a con man who plans to make off with the money before everyone figures out his scam. But gosh darn it, Hill falls in love, with Marian the librarian. If you’ve ever seen the play you know the rest, and if it’s all new to you, well, no need to spoil the ending.
Tickets are available online.
Walnut Street Theatre presents The Music Man
When: November 6-January 6
Where: 825 Walnut Street
More info: www.walnutstreettheatre.org