ARCHIVE: The Music Man
June 28 - August 4, 2013
Preview on June 27
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire)
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center
Book by Meredith Willson
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by John Moon
A Masterpiece of Sight, Sound, and Emotion! Spirited, and energetic musical spectacle that’s perfect for the whole family.
Richmond Family Magazine
Delightful, fun-for-the-whole-fam adaptation of the Broadway classic... Deliciously swoony... I recall my son actually gasping as Harold and Marian–all decked out in their fancy duds for the town social–sang “Till There Was You” with a backdrop of stars twinkling behind them and a stream reflecting from below.
"From its unique syncopated train car opening to the lively finale, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is an audience- pleasing production filled with familiar tunes and quirky characters played by a remarkably strong cast."
Among the many things that this production gets right, Director John Moon should be lauded for hitting the tone spot-on... Cook is flawless... Virginia Rep has rounded up some of the best talent in the city.
"Seeing Amanda Johnson as Marian is well worth the ticket price alone... Larry Cook... is a natural for the part of Hill. He displays warmth and charm with that underlying sense of dirty rotten scoundrel."
"Voices are uniformly solid, set is big and beautiful, lighting is lovely and costumes are colorful."
One of the world’s favorite musical comedies!
This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, with its quirky characters, charming situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. When fast talking Harold Hill comes marching into town, you know there’s going to be trouble right here in River City. His goal is to con the good townspeople out of their money, but Marian the Librarian has other plans. This wonderful slice of Americana will leave your entire family humming such familiar tunes as “Seventy-Six Trombones, “Gary, Indiana,” and “’Till There Was You.” By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best.
In addition to our season sponsors, The Music Man is also funded by Premier Sponsor, Wells Fargo, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.