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Put a smile on your face with The Music Man

Becca GurganiousBy Becca Gurganious on May 25, 2012 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (233)

Put a smile on your face with The Music Man

(L to R) Burke Moses as Harold Hill and Kate Baldwin as Marian Paroo in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The cast of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The cast of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

(L to R) Donna Migliaccio as Mrs. Paroo and Heidi Kaplan as Amaryllis in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

(L to R) Donna Migliaccio as Mrs. Paroo and Heidi Kaplan as Amaryllis in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The cast of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The cast of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of The Music Man May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

From the moment the "train" pulled onto the stage I was hooked. Molly Smith's take on Meredith Wilson's The Music Man is light, happy, full of magic and takes the audience on quite the exciting ride. Smiles could be seen on all sides of Fichandler as the audience bobbed heads, and sang along with the well-known tunes.

The Music Man centers around sweet-talking salesman Harold Hill, played by the indefatigable Burke Moses, and his plan to swindle River City, Iowa out of cash. Prim and posh librarian and music teacher, Marian Paroo sees through his act and plots to expose him only to be stopped by her heart. Full of catchy favorites such as "76 Trombones", "Goodnight my Someone", and "Til there was You", Arena Stage's The Music Man does not disappoint. 
 
Chemistry blooms between Kate Baldwin (Marian Paroo) and Burke Moses (Harold Hill) from the moment they meet. Full of personality and with a mesmerizing voice, Baldwin shines during "Goodnight my Someone." She made the production for me only to be slightly upstaged by little Amaryllis, played by incredibly cute Heidi Kaplan. Parker Esse keeps the movement lively and entertaining throughout with hightlights during "76 Trombones" and "Marian the Librarian." With such high quality singing and dancing it was hard not to start toe-tapping throughout the production. 
 
In the words of Harold Hill, "Never let the demands of tomorrow, interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today" and get to Arena Stage to purchase tickets now! The Music Man is truly a delight and a not-to-be-missed production. 
 
The Music Man runs Now through July 22, 2012 in the Fichandler Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Purchase tickets HERE.

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