PLEASE FOLKS, MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENION PLEASE! It has just been announced that YA GOT TROUBLE (WITH A CAPITOL T, AND THAT RHYMES WITH P, AND THAT STANDS FOR POOL) once again as Meredith Willson's legendary musical The Music Man is eyeing a return to Broadway next year starring the Award winning versatile star of stage and screen himself Hugh Jackman. No word has been announced on the creative team, the actual start date or the Theater it will be performed in.
THE MUSIC MAN is a romantic musical comedy featuring a score and book by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey. It tells the story of Harold Hill, a traveling salesman con artist who arrives in the small town of River City, Iowa convincing and collecting money from the naïve residents in starting their own marching band. After all the money is collected (for Musical Instruments, Uniforms, Books, and Lessons), he then skips town before the town realizes they have been tricked. However, his world turns upside down when he meets the town's Librarian "Marian Paroo" and eventually fall in love. It features some of the most notable songs ever written for the stage including YA GOT TROUBLE, GOODNIGHT MY SOMEONE, 76 TROMBONES, MARIAN THE LIBRARIAN, MY WHITE KNIGHT, THE WELLS FARGO WAGON, SHIPPOPPI, & TILL THERE WAS YOU.
THE MUSIC MAN was inspired by Meredith Wilson’s 1948 memoir entitled AND THERE I STOOD THERE WITH MY PICCOLO talking about his early life in Iowa and playing in a John Phillip Sousa band. The book did so well, he originally conceived his story as a Musical Television special. However, it did not work out. Wilson later teamed up with Franklin Lacey to edit the book of the show.
In the original script, the character of " Harold Hill" had literally an 8 minute monologue which slowed down the show. They read through it and Wilson started seeing it more as a lyric. The long monologue was then changed into an entire musical named considered as an early version of rap. That song happened to be YA GOT TROUBLE. The inspiration of the leading lady role of "Marian The Librarian" was a woman named that Wilson met during World War II named Marian Seely who as a medical librarian in Utah.
After many years of rewrites, the show had its World Premiere in 1957 at Broadway's Majestic Theatre for 1,375 performances. The creative team featured direction by Morton DaCosta and choreographed by Onna White. The cast starred….
and Barbara Cook as "Marian”.
The original production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards that same year winning 5 including Best Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical (for Robert Preston), and Best Leading Actress in a Musical (for Barbara Cook).
The show went on to become a worldwide hit. It was later revived 3 times in New York City.
In 1965, New York City Center presented a limited run of 16 performances stint. The creative team featured direction by Gus Schirmer Jr. and choreography by Vernon Lusby. The cast featured…
Bert Parks as "Harold Hill",
and Gaylea Byrne as “Marian”
The show was then brought back to New York City Center in 1980 for another short stint of 29 performances. This time, the creative team featured direction and choreography by Michael Kidd. The cast starred….
Dick Van Dyke as "Harold Hill",
and Meg Bussert as “Marian”.
Both New York City Center engagements did not receive and Tony Award nominations or wins.
The most recent Broadway revival of THE MUSIC MAN happened in 2000 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre running for a total of 721 performances. This production was directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman. The cast starred…
Tony nominee Craig Berko (later Robert Sean Leonard and Eric McCormack) as "Harold Hill",
and Tony nominee Rebecca Luker as "Marian".
The revival was nominated for 8 Tony Awards that year including Best Revival of a Musical but lost all the categories.
In addition to THE MUSIC MAN being a successful stage musical. It also became a huge hit on the screen as well.
The original film adaptation was directed by Morton DaCosta (who directed the original stage production) and was released in 1962 from Warner Bros. Pictures. The cast featured…
Robert Preston reprising his Tony winning performance as "Harold Hill"
and Shirley Jones Ingels as "Marian".
The original film was nominated for 6 Osars that year winning only 1 for Best Score.
In 2003, THE MUSIC MAN was captured on film again. This time it was made as a TV Movie for Disney and ABC Television Network. It was directed by Jeff Bleckner and featured choreography by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The cast starred Tony winning favorites…
This TV movie remake was also nominated for a 5 technical Emmy Awards.
THE MUSIC MAN today is also popular show still performed in schools, community, and regional theatres worldwide.
Who is excited to see Hugh go from leading a circus to a marching band 8 times a week?
BroadwayWorld has learned that Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway, starring as Harold Hill in a revival of The Music Man! Jackman posted a photo alluding to the upcoming revival on his Instagram account. No dates or theatre have been announced, but sources tell us the revival may be set for as soo…
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