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AT THE LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE
March 13, 2012 (Lake Worth) – The Lake Worth Playhouse is closing out its 2011-2012 season with MEREDITH
WILSON’S THE MUSIC MAN, unquestionably one of the most beloved shows of all time.
This Tony Award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky
characters, charming dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets
and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.
Complete with a stunning and elaborate set, The Music Man features a cast of 45 players, all local talent from the
South Florida Community features a soaring soprano ingénue, Emily Thompson, parts for young performers and
children and one of the musical theatre’s treasures, a tour de force leading role for the charismatic actor, Tom Cooch.
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman
Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows
to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash
are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
With more than 40 actors involved in this grand production, The Music Man features many South Florida theatre and
Lake Worth Playhouse favorites including: Tom Cooch (Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lawrence Jameson
in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Curly in Oklahoma), Emily Thompson (Roxie in Chicago), Briana Pallerine (Annie
in Annie) and Simone Kaye (Annie in Annie). Additional Playhouse theatre favorites to make appearances include:
Christopher Burdick (Chicago), Sean Gogan (Chicago), Morgan Kennedy (Annie), Bernadette Grosbeck (Annie),
Courtney Grosbeck (Annie), Morgan Kennedy (Annie), Anna Leon (Annie), Beck Lester (Biloxi Blues), Bianca
Matthews (Annie), Katie McBroom (Chicago), Shenise Nunez (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors), Manny Oliver (Annie),
Larry Parker (Annie), Frank Vomero (Chicago), Marlin Wagner (Annie) among many other new, talented artists.
This fabulously family production will be directed by Clayton Phillips, director of the sensational, sell-out, Chicago,
and Production Manager of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
“Music Man is the quintessential American Musical, it is “Americana” at its best. A witty and heartwarming view of the
heartland. This extremely gifted cast, at Lake Worth Playhouse, will make you believe in love and send you out of the
theatre singing every memorable song. The show and the cast are a joy to behold. And it is great fun for the entire
family.” – Clayton Phillips, Director
“a whopping hit”
“one of the few great musical comedies…”
“…The Music Man, which is as American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration…The Music Man is a marvelous
show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition.”
-The New York Times
Tony Award - Best Musical
Tony Award - Best Stage Technician
Tony Award - Best Actor in a Musical
Tony Award - Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Tony Award - Best Conductor and Musical Director
And many more…
The original production of THE MUSIC MAN opened at the Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957. Winning five
Tony Awards (including Best Musical), the show ran for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy
Award for Best Original Cast Album. The show was such a sensation that even Jack Lemmon's character attended it
(or tried to, anyway) in the 1960's Best Picture, The Apartment.
Willson went through many trials and tribulations in getting THE MUSIC MAN to Broadway. Before achieving his first
success on Broadway, Meredith Willson was a popular radio personality and bandleader who occasionally worked
with Frank Loesser (GUYS AND DOLLS, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING). Loesser
believed so much in THE MUSIC MAN that he backed it for years of development and produced the original
THE MUSIC MAN made a star of Robert Preston. Marian was originated by Barbara Cook, who went on to be one of
the most celebrated Broadway singers in history.
The popular 1962 film version had Robert Preston repeating his stage triumph. Shirley Jones was Marian, Hermione
Gingold was Eulalie and a young Ron Howard portrayed Winthrop.
The first Broadway revival (directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd) opened on June 5, 1980 at the New York
City Center. After eight previews, it ran for 21 performances. The cast included Dick Van Dyke as Professor Harold
Hill, Meg Bussert as Marian, and Christian Slater as Winthrop.
The second Broadway revival (directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman) opened on April 27, 2000 at the Neil
Simon Theatre. After 22 previews, it ran for 699 performances. The cast included Craig Bierko (making his Broadway
debut) as Professor Harold Hill and Rebecca Luker as Marian.
The success of the 2000 stage revival prompted a 2003 television movie starring Matthew Broderick as Professor
Harold Hill and Kristin Chenoweth as Marian, with Victor Garber as Mayor Shinn, Molly Shannon as Mrs. Eulalie
Mackechnie Shinn, and Debra Monk as Mrs. Paroo.
Preview Night is Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ($23 & $27)
Opening Night is Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. ($28 & $32 – includes Opening Night Gala)
Evening and Matinee Performances will run April 12 – 29 at 8pm and 2pm. ($26 & $30)
Dinner & Show Night is April 12 and includes a 6:00 p.m. pre-show dinner at Couco Pazzo, an upscale
Italian restaurant in downtown Lake Worth, prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance. The all-inclusive dinner/show
package price is $50 and includes a three-course meal and premium seats for the preview performance.
Tickets can be purchased through the Lake Worth Playhouse Box Office at 561-586-6410 or online at
Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave in Downtown Lake Worth. Valet Parking is available for $5. Street
and lot parking is also available.
ABOUT LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE
Lake Worth Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning
dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, ballets and operas on film, live
concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the Playhouse
presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate black-box style theatre
equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of
educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs
into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theatre available free of charge for disadvantaged
citizens in the community.
Tel: 561-586-6169 (ext. 216)