A Brief History of The Music Man
The Music Man produced by Kermit Bloomgarden with Herbert Greene in association with Frank Productions, Inc., opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on 19 December 1957. The show ran for 1,375 performances.
The Original Cast:
- Travelling Salesmen - Russell Goodwin, Hal Norman, Robert Howard, James Gannon, Robert Lenn, Vernon Lusby, Robert Evans
- Charlie Cowell - Paul Reed
- Conductor - Carl Nicholas
- Harold Hill - Robert Preston
- Mayor Shinn - David Burns
- Ewart Dunlop - Al Shea
- Oliver Hix - Wayne Ward
- Jacey Squires - Vern Reed
- Olin Britt - Bill Spanenberg
- Marcellus Washburn - Iggie Wolfington
- Tommy Djilas - Danny Carroll
- Marian Paroo - Barbara Cook
- Mrs. Paroo - Pert Kelton
- Amaryllis - Marilyn Siegel
- Winthrop Paroo - Eddie Hodges
- Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn - Helen Raymond
- Zaneeta Shinn - Dusty Worrall
- Gracie Shinn - Barbara Travis
- Alma Hix - Adnia Rice
- Maud Dunlop - Elaine Swann
- Ethel Toffelmier - Peggy Mondo
- Mrs. Squires - Martha Flynn
- Constable Locke - Carl Nicholas
- Direction - Morton Da Costa
- Chreography - Onna White
- Settings and Lighting - Howard Bay
- Costumes - Raoul Pene Du Bois
- Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements - Herbert Greene
- Orchestration - Don Walker and Sidney Fine
- Dance Arrangements - Laurence Rosenthal
The Music Man was originally recorded on 29 December, 1957, and was released on 20 January 1958. The album debuted on the Billboard charts on 24 February 1958. it held the #1 spot on the charts for 12 weeks, and remained on the Billboard charts for a total of 245 weeks.
Warner Brothers released The Music Man in 1962. Morton Da Costa directed the film and Robert Preston reprised his role as Prof. Harold Hill. Shirley Jones played Marian. Ronny Howard played Winthrop.
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- 5 March 1999
Updated - 3 December 2009