Over the holidays, you may be looking for an
activity that will please everyone from your kids to your Aunt
Gladys. Consider treating yourselves to a fantastic production of
"The Music Man" at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. This lavish
production, with colorful costumes, spirited dance numbers and
familiar songs, will please anyone age 8 to 80.
The show centers around Professor Harry Hill and his plan
to scam small-town Iowans out of their money during the summer of
1912. The "in the round" seating arrangement puts the audience on
all sides of the action and makes us all feel part of the town and
the progression of the play. Director Gary Griffen has done a
remarkable job of using all parts of the stage, so there's never a
"The Music Man" needs a superstar actor to pull off the
charisma, singing and dancing of Harry Hill. They found him in
Bernie Yvon, who charms the townspeople and the audience. I would
have bought anything he was selling. Johanna McKenzie Miller, as
the skeptical librarian with a lovely singing voice, provides a
tender counterpoint to his bravado. My sons loved laughing at John
Reeger's portrayal of the pompous blowhard Mayor Shinn.
While all the individual performances are outstanding,
it's really the ensemble of professional adult and a handful of
child actors who keep the action moving. From the rousing "Ya Got
Trouble" to the show's signature "Seventy-Six Trombones," Harold
and the cast of townspeople had us tapping our toes and humming
"The Music Man" is a fine example of the era of great
American musicals. It has everything-rousing choral numbers,
poignant solos and duets, great humor and extended dance numbers.
It's well worth the ticket price.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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