FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 9, 2011
"The Music Man"
America's Favorite Musical
August 9-26 – Off Center Theatre – Crown Center
MTH will present 15 performances of THE MUSIC MAN, winner of 5 Tony Awards in 1957 including Best Musical and Best
Original Score by Meredith Willson.
THE MUSIC MAN musical score captures a spirit of place and time: a small Iowa town in 1912, with such great songs as "My
White Knight", "Til There Was You", and certainly "Ya' Got Trouble" and "76 Trombones".
Composer, Meredith Willson was a radio script writer and humorist in the late 1940's, and he often told stories of his
boyhood in Mason City, Iowa in the early part of the 1900's. Many friends and colleagues encouraged him to write a
musical to include these stories. The Music Man is the result, but it took Willson 7 years, 30 separate drafts of a
script, and writing nearly 30 extra, unused songs to get a production ready for Broadway.
The Music Man, as originally conceived by Willson was actually quite innovative and cutting edge for its day. It was to
be a words and lyric driven theater piece like no other before it. Willson loved the rhythm of speech, and the musicality
of people talking. Songs like Rock Island, Pick a Little, Talk a Little and Ya' Got Trouble, contain very few words that
actually rhyme, but sound as though they do thanks to Willson's ear for speech.
THE MUSIC MAN will be performed in the well-known MTH concert style, and features a 30-member cast, including local
favorites Tim Noland as Professor Harold Hill and Lauren Braton as Marion the Librarian. Angelyn Benson will lead the
band; Sarah Crawford will direct the production.
Performances are Thursdays thru Sundays, August 9th – 26th.
Performance times: 7 PM on Thursdays, 8 PM Fridays, 2 PM & 8 PM on Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays. Performances are at the
Off Center Theatre on the third floor of the Crown Center Shops.
Tickets are $17 for the side sections, $15 for students, $29 for the center.
For tickets call the AHT / Off Center Theatre Box Office at (816) 842-9999 or visit Musical Theater Heritage online at
For interviews and further details, call Chad Gerlt at (816) 221-6987.
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