Rebecca Luker and Shirley Jones to Be Part of "The Music of The Music Man" Concert

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Shirley Jones, who played Marian in the film of The Music Man, and Rebecca Luker, who played that same role in the musical's recent Broadway revival, will take part in "The Music of The Music Man" concerts Nov. 27-28 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Rebecca Luker
Rebecca Luker

The three concerts will feature the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. The City Choir of Washington will also be part of the concerts celebrating the Meredith Willson musical.

Luker will play Marian Paroo with Jones as Mrs. Paroo.

Show times are Nov. 27 at 1:30 and 8 PM and Nov. 28 at 8 PM.

The Pops performance will begin with a medley of Willson's best-known tunes. After the intermission, a line-up of Broadway stars — including Luker and Jones — will offer tunes from The Music Man, including "Seventy-six Trombones," "My White Knight" and more.

Shirley Jones appeared in the Broadway productions of South Pacific, Maggie Flynn and 42nd Street, but is best known for her work on the small and silver screens. She was the matriarch of "The Partridge Family" and also starred in the films of "Oklahoma," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." Jones won an Academy Award for her performance in "Elmer Gantry." Rebecca Luker, currently on Broadway in Mary Poppins, earned Tony nominations for her performances in the aforementioned Disney-Cameron Mackintosh musical as well as Show Boat and The Music Man. She has also been seen on Broadway in Nine, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera. Luker also appeared with Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.

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 TV version featured Tony Award winners Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

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