Luker will again portray Marian the Librarian in two concerts of the Meredith Willson musical March 19 and 20 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Arkansas Repertory Theatre's Robert Hupp will direct the evenings; show time is 8 PM at the Robinson Center Music Hall. 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 current Wicked star 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.
Tickets for The Music Man, priced $15-$50, are available by visiting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra website at www.arkansassymphony.org.