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Idaho Performing Arts presents “The Music Man” March 16

March 11, 2011, 4:32 pm
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The Music Man, winner of six Tony awards including best musical, is bringing its small town charm and famous songs to NNU’s Brandt Center, Swayne Auditorium, for one performance only on March 16, 2011 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Nampa Civic Center for $36. Discounts are available for children under 12 and groups of 10 or more.

An affectionate paean to Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian, with chaos ensuing as the townsfolk get wind of his scheme.

Filled with classical musical fun, tender romance and favorites including “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You,” The Music Man is the perfect all-American musical!

After years of development, a change of producers, almost 40 songs (22 were cut), and more than 40 drafts, the original Broadway production, directed by Morton DaCosta and choreographed by Onna White, opened on December 19, 1957 at the Majestic Theatre. It won five Tony awards including best musical, even beating out West Side Story. It remained at the Majestic for nearly three years before transferring to The Broadway Theatre to complete its 1,375-performance run. The original cast included Robert Preston (who went on to reprise his role in the 1962 screen adaptation) as Harold Hill, Barbara Cook as Marian, and Eddie Hodges as Winthrop, with Pert Kelton, David Burns and Iggie Wolfington in supporting roles. Eddie Albert and Bert Parks each replaced Preston later in the run.

The original cast recording was released by Capitol Records on January 20, 1958 in stereophonic & monaural versions and held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for 12 weeks, remaining on the charts for a total of 245 weeks. The cast album was awarded “Best Original Cast Album” at the first Grammy Awards ceremony in 1958 and was inducted in 1998 as a Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner.

Produced by Windwood Productions, credits include national tours of Altar Boyz, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Little Women, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Urban Cowboy The Musical and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Tickets are available by phoning (208)468-5555 or go online to www.nampacivic.com.


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