In 1957, The Music Man first opened on Broadway. In 1962, the film version was released starring Robert Preston, who originated the role on Broadway with 900 performances. The producers considered casting Frank Sinatra or Cary Grant, but they ultimately chose Preston who had perfected the role. And now, in December 2018, it opens at the Temple of Music and Art is Tucson, AZ.
Harold Hill is a con man. He travels from town to town promising to lead a youth band. He sells them all the instruments and uniforms and then promptly leaves town. But there’s something different about River City, Iowa. Can Hill change his ways?
This production by the Arizona Theatre Company is impressive. Huge double story sets slide in and off the stage. The cast consists of 39 actors plus a high school marching band of about 12. Much of the cast are locals, but many of them have flown in from all over the country. Everyone’s singing voice is excellent and the choreography is fantastic. As on audience member from New York says, it is Broadway worthy!
The songs in this show are iconic from “Ya Got Trouble” to “Gary, Indiana”. And then the audience is blown away by “Till There Was You”. It’s no surprise this show is still going strong after 60 years.
Get tickets now for The Music Man in Tucson through December 30th and Phoenix through January 27th!
Cost of a ticket: $25 – $89
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It (Go with the $25 seats in the front row!)
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother