Kathleen Marshall is taking the role of choreographer for the "Wonderful World of Disney" TV musical, "The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, a production source at Storyline Entertainment confirmed.
Marshall, who created dance for Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate as well as Seussical and a handful of Encores! concerts, is following the path of brother Rob Marshall. He choreographed the hit Disney-Storyline telepic, "Cinderella," starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and then blossomed as director-choreographer for TV's "Annie" and the upcoming film, "Chicago."
Jeff Bleckner ("The Beach Boys: An American Family") will direct. Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth will play Marian the Librarian and Matthew Broderick plays the title role of Harold Hill. Shooting is in May, June and July in Toronto, with an airing expected within a year, though no air date has been announced.
No other casting has been officially announced, though Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live") has been mentioned in trade papers for the role of Eulalie Shinn, the mayor's wife.
The picture is expected to be a three-hour TV event. *
Composer-lyricist-librettist Meredith Willson's Americana-filled The Music Man, a 1957 Broadway smash that won the Best Musical Tony Award, recently enjoyed a Broadway revival. A 1962 film starred Shirley Jones and original Broadway star Robert Preston (along with much of the original cast).
Chenoweth is known for her Tony Award-winning comic performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and her ability to present both a stunning belt voice and a shimmering soprano. She appeared as Lily St. Regis in Storyline's "Annie." A recent sitcom tailored for her flopped on NBC. Broderick recently exited the Broadway smash, The Producers and appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, among other plays.
The score of The Music Man includes choice material for Marian, including "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Lida Rose" and "Till There Was You." In the 1962 film version, a new song ("Being in Love") was written for Marian to replace "My White Knight" (in the hope of snagging an Oscar nom for Best Song).
The score also includes "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Marian the Librarian," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Trouble" and more.