Meredith Willson's award-winning Broadway hit "The Music Man" will be presented by the American Fork Arts Council, Nov. 8-19, on the stage of the American Fork High School auditorium.
Cathy Johnson is directing the show, with Joel Osborne as Prof. Harold Hill, the rambunctious con man, and Debi Hansen as Marian Paroo, the love-smitten librarian.Also in the cast are Kim I. Brewster, an instructor of theater and speech at Utah Valley Community College, as Mayor Shinn, and Keith Christenson of the Pleasant Grove Players as Charlie Cowell. Eighty-eight men, women and children from throughout the community also appear in the show as townspeople of River City, Iowa, where peddler Harold Hill tries to sell them a load of goods - namely instruments for a boys' band.
Doug Jolley is assistant director, with Merrilee Barratt as musical director/orchestra conductor, and Trudy Hansen as choreographer.
Author-composer-lyricist Willson's score includes such songs as "Trouble (Right Here in River City)," "Goodnight, My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Lida Rose," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You."
During it's intial run on Broadway, "The Music Man" ran for 1,375 performances, winning Tony Awards for best musical, best actor in a musical (Robert Preston), both supporting role awards, author, producer, composer/lyricist and musical direction - in the same year that "West Side Story" was among the competitors.
Some New Yorkers felt that "The Music Man" would be two old-fashioned for Broadway audiences, but the traditionally hard-notes New York critics raved about the show, and it turned into one of the most successful musicals of all time, not only on Broadway, but in constant revivals by community theater troupes across the country.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Mondays, Nov. 8-10, 12, 15-17 and 19. Tickets are $3.50 for adults, $3 for students and youths 12 and over, and $2.50 for children and senior citizens. There is also a $15 "family pass" available. All tickets can be purchased at the door.