ABC to Rebroadcast Chenoweth-Broderick "Music Man" July 4

By Andrew Gans
01 Jul 2004

Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick in "The Music Man"
Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick in "The Music Man"

ABC will rebroadcast the television production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" Sunday, July 4.

Part of the network's "Wonderful World of Disney" series, the musical film starring Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth will air from 7-10 PM ET; check local listings. Broderick stars as con man Harold Hill in the musical, which also features Chenoweth as his love interest, River City's librarian Marian. Others in the TV film include Victor Garber as Mayor Shinn, Molly Shannon as Mrs. Shinn, Debra Monk as Mrs. Paroo and David Aaron Baker as Marcellus. Jeff Bleckner directed the TV "Music Man."

This version of "The Music Man" originally aired on ABC in February 2003. Over 13 million musical lovers watched the initial broadcast.

Meredith Willson's The Music Man opened on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Both actors won Tony Awards for their work (the show 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."