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 by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

Music Man Special Event
WHAT: Trombone-Playing Guinness World Record Attempt.
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
WHEN: June 1, prior to a Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves

Nationals Stadium

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