By Andrew Gans
07 Mar 2012
Artistic director Molly Smith will helm the classic family musical, which stars the previously announced Kate Baldwin (Tony Award nominee for Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow) as Marian the librarian, who will be joined by Burke Moses (original Gaston in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) as Harold Hill.
The cast will also feature Will Burton (Tommy Djilas), Juliane Godfrey (Zaneeta Shinn), Nehal Joshi (Marcellus Washburn), Donna Migliaccio (Mrs. Paroo), John Lescault (Mayor Shinn) and Barbara Tirrell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) with Ian Berlin as Winthrop Paroo, Heidi Kaplan as Amaryllis and Jamie Goodson as Gracie Shinn. Colin James Cech and Mia Goodman appear as River City kids.
Rounding out the cast are Sasha Olinick as Charlie Cowell/Constable Locke, Katerina Papacostas as Ethel Toffelmeir, Joe Peck as Ewart Dunlop/Traveling Salesman, Lawrence Redmond as Oliver Hix/Traveling Salesman, Michael Brian Dunn as Jacey Squires, Justin Lee Miller as Olin Britt, Tina Stafford as Alma Hix, Janet Aldrich as Maude Dunlop and Rayanne Gonzales as Mrs. Squires. Eric Shorey, Jessica Wu, Scott Shendenhelm, Kristen J. Smith, Nicholas Yenson and Christina Kidd make up the ensemble cast. Alissa Alter is the Female Swing and Kurt Domoney is Male Swing.
The Music Man features book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.
"Having exhausted all 102 counties in Illinois, 'Professor' Harold Hill gives Iowa a try and soon enough convinces River City of its trouble with the 'sin and corruption' of the pool hall, trouble that can only be stopped by forming a boys’ band," according to press notes. "Marian the librarian suspects he’s a con man, but she begins to trust him after seeing how he’s given confidence to her shy younger brother. Soon, this 'Music Man' has transformed the entire town, not only turning the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, but himself into an honest man.
Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org, by phone at (202) 488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.