Show of the Day: The Music Man (1957)
The Music Man was entirely written by Broadway newcomer, Meredith Willson, who based the story on incidents from his childhood in Iowa. The play was old-fashioned in contrast to the snappy, modern West Side Story playing at the same time, but its intricate musical arrangements, fast pacing, and humor without corny sentiment made it an audience favorite that also garnered six Tony Awards. The plot revolves around a con-man band leader reformed by the love of a small-town librarian who sees that his scheme has helped her shy brother come out of his shell, and the entire town has become nicer to each other. Robert Preston starred on Broadway & in the film, and although he was a known Hollywood actor, he had never sung nor danced before his appearance as Harold Hill on Broadway. His songs in the show are half-sung, half-spoken and feed the fast pacing of the show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_Oe-jtgdI (from the film; if you’ve never seen Preston perform this number, you owe it to yourself to watch his tour de force)
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Instantly I remembered the tales of my Mum watching Music Man while in early stages of labour with my sister. She wanted to watch the end of the movie before Dad could take her to hospital, that story ended with a my sister being the first baby born in our city in 1991, but I digress.
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