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The Music Man - Vocal Selections

The Music Man - Vocal Selections

Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

ISBN: 9780881882063

Book by Meredith Willson
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson 
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

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Vocal Selections

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(Vocal Selections). 8 vocal selections from one of the most beloved musicals ever. Includes: Gary, Indiana * Goodnight, My Someone * It's You * Lida Rose * My White Knight * Seventy Six Trombones * Till There Was You * The Wells Fargo Wagon.
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"As American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration […] THE MUSICAN MAN is a marvelous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition. […] Willson's music is innocent; the beat is rousing and the tunes are full of gusto. He has given it the uniformity of a well-designed crazy-quilt in which every patch blends with its neighbor." - The New York Times

"One of the few great musical comedies of the last 26 years. […] This musical is put together so expertly and acted and sung and danced by so many enchanting people that it should be either twice as long or performed twice at each performance.." - Daily News

"A whopping hit. This salute by Meredith Willson to his native Iowa will make even OKLAHOMA! look to its laurels." - The Journal-American

"An entertaining, heartwarming evening of theater that will seduce audiences of all ages and sensibilities just as handily as Harold Hill seduces the denizens of River City!" - USA Today 

THE MUSIC MAN opened on Broadway, after years of development, on December 19, 1957 at the Majestic Theatre. Starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, the production ran for almost three years before transferring to the Broadway Theatre; it closed on April 15, 1961 with 1,375 performances under its belt. Only a month before, the musical premiered in the UK at the Bristol Hippodrome, then the Adelphi Theatre on London's West End on March 16, 1961.



MACKECKNIE SHINN Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself. Female, 40-50 yrs old Range: D4 - D5

HAROLD HILL Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: Ab2 - F4

MARCELLUS WASHBURN Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: G2 - A4

MARIAN PAROO The stuff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious. Female, 20-30 yrs old Range: G3 - A5

MAYOR SHINN A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill. Male, 50-60 yrs old Speaking Role

MRS. PAROO Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop. Female, 45-60 yrs old Range: Ab3 - Eb5

TOMMY DJILAS An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta. Male, 15-20 yrs old Speaking/Dancing Role

WINTHROP PAROO Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band. Male, 8-12 yrs old Range: C4 - Eb5

ZANEETA SHINN The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times. Female, 14-18 yrs old Speaking/Dancing Role

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