Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man was a hit from the moment it opened on Broadway in 1957. The classic American musical, set in the heartland of America a hundred years ago, scooped five Tony awards that season.
Directed by Molly Smith, with an outstanding cast, Arena’s production beams with enthusiasm and energy.
The show boasts one of the greatest con man characters of all time. Harold Hill poses as a boys’ band organizer/leader to sell band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk in River City, Iowa. Marian, the prim librarian and piano teacher, sees through him but also sees the good he has done for her brother’s confidence.
Of course, she falls in love with him, and by the time 76 Trombones sounds, so had all of America.
The Music Man is at the Fichandler Stage, from May 11-July 22. Tickets range from $46-91 and may be purchased online at www.arenastage.org by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.
Arena Stage together with FAME (The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc.) attempts to bring together more than 500 trombone players to set a new record for the largest all-trombone ensemble
WHERE: Nationals Stadium