By Adam Hetrick
11 Jan 2013
Bill Berry, who staged the premiere of First Date as well as the recent Seattle production of Rent, will helm the classic that runs through March 10. A 20-piece orchestra is featured in the production that has choreography by Bob Richard and musical direction by Joel Fram.
Racey (Never Gonna Dance, Curtains) stars as Harold Hill opposite Griffith (South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) as Marion Paroo. The cast also includes Anne Allgood, Jeff Steitzer, Laura Kenny, Richard Gray, Darragh Kennan, Joshua Feinsilber, Hugh H. Hastings, Eric Polani Jensen, Greg Stone, Aaron Shanks, Mary Jo DuGaw, Cheryl Massey Peters, Antonía Darlene, Karen Skrinde, Gabriel Corey, Taylor Niemeyer, Jasmine Harrick and Abi Brittle.
Completing the ensemble are David Alewine, Blaine Boyd, Taryn Darr, Nick DeSantis, Brittany Jamieson, Mallory King, Corinna Lapid Munter, Matthew Steven Lawrence, Alana Peters, Connor Russell, Ben Sasnett, Jenny Shotwell, Maddox Boyce, Lauren Carlos, Dakota Daley, Katie Griffith, Shaye Hodgins, Melissa Maricich, Andrew Murray, Corbit R. Sampson, Tyler Sorensen, Brandon Weglin, Christian West, Allison Verhofstadt and Nat Zang.
Featuring book, music and lyrics by Willson, The Music Man follows traveling salesman Harold Hill, who cons the citizens of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian.
The Music Man opened on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, both of whom earned Tony Awards for their work. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical features the songs "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "The Wells Fargo Wagon" and "Trouble."
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