A concert version of the Meredith Willson musical is being presented by the new TexARTS Organization, which was co-founded by Broadway dancer Robin Lewis and former Martha Graham Dance director Todd Dellinger. Luker will star opposite the Harold Hill of Broadway veteran Jim Walton. Lee Roy Reams directs.
The creative team also includes Robin Lewis (choreography) and Mike McKelvey (musical director).
The Music Man opened on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Both actors won Tony Awards for their work (the musical also nabbed the Tony for Best Musical, beating West Side Story; New Girl in Town; Oh, Captain!; and Jamaica), and Preston repeated his role in the 1962 film opposite Shirley Jones. The classic score includes such tunes as "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Lida Rose," "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Marian the Librarian," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Trouble" and "The Sadder But Wiser Girl." A recent TV version featured Matthew Broderick and Wicked's Kristin Chenoweth.
Rebecca Luker was most recently on The Great White Way in the Tony-winning revival of Nine. She starred opposite Craig Bierko in the acclaimed revival of The Music Man, garnering Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her role as Marian. Luker also appeared with Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, and her other theatrical credits include roles in The Sound of Music, Show Boat, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera.
Jim Walton made his Broadway debut in the original production of 42nd Street. His other Main Stem credits include Perfectly Frank, Merrily We Roll Along, Stardust, Sweeney Todd and The Music Man. Tickets for the June 24 concert performance of The Music Man are available by calling (512) 472-5470.
TexARTS is a not-for-profit association for the visual and performing arts. Visit www.tex-arts.org for more information.