The Music Man was the sensation of Broadway when it opened in 1957 and scored six Tony® Awards including Best Musical (beating out West Side Story). Sixty years later it’s still an American institution with its one-of-a-kind score including rousing marches (“Seventy-Six Trombones”), soaring ballads (“Till There Was You”), and Willson’s famous snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian.

Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson – musician, playwright and composer – was best known for the book, words, and music for The Music Man

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