A fast talking salesman that gets his foot caught

WESTON, Vt. – The opening of “The Music Man” begins in a train on its way to River City, Iowa. Professor Harold Hill gets off and begins to stir up trouble in order to distract the stubborn townspeople from his Pied Piper tactics. Hill, brought to life by David Bonanno, plans to con the citizens into letting him start a band and before the band performs, he is high tails it out of town with the money.

The women of River City, Iowa. Photo provided by westonplayhouse.org

Hill’s spellbinding ways transform the townspeople but his plans to skip town are disrupted by the cultured and beautiful librarian Marian Paroo, played by Marissa McGowan.

Meredith Willson wrote “The Music Man” book, music and lyrics and the story was co-written with Franklin Lacey. The play opened on Broadway in 1957 and later received a Grammy and Tony award.

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s 27 person ensemble is directed by Malcolm Ewen. Credit also goes to the Production Stage Manager Michele A. Kay, Assistant Stage Manager Danielle Zandri, Scenic Designer Howard C. Jones, Costume Designer Kirche Leigh Zeile, Lighting Designer Stuart Duke, Sound Designer Ed Chapman, Wig Designer Dave Bova, Music Director Larry Pressgrove, Associate Music Director Jake Turski, Choreographer Michael Raine and Associate Choreographer Felicity Stiverson for their creativity in bringing 1912 River City to life.

“The Music Man” will be at Weston Playhouse’s MainStage located on the Village Green until Aug. 19. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 802-824-5288 or by visiting westonplayhouse.org.

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