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'Music Man' travels from Broadway to NW Iowa

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Care for a taste of Broadway-style entertainment without the trip to New York?

"The Music Man," will be coming to the historic Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, with tickets available now in a range from $31 to $51.

Meredith Wilson's campy tale with its enthusiastic and familiar score will be on stage on February 9 and 10, within an hour's drive of Storm Lake.

Follow the antics of con-artist turned conductor Harold Hill as he convinced the citizens of River City that he can teach him to play in a marching band.

The plot thickens with romance, music and good old-fashioned flim-flam, accompanied by classic songs such as "Seventy Six Trombones," "Til There Was You" and "Gary, Indiana."

"The tour is the most dance-happy Music Man you're ever likely to see," raved the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "The fresh Music Man still scams with style... the show on-stage at the Chicago Theatre is first-rate."

The show opened on Broadway in 2001 at the Neil Simon Theatre, and was well-received by Variety magazine and theater-goers.

Big League Theatricals took its show on the road after it closed in New York in late 2002, and it is making its first appearance in northwest Iowa.

Meredith Wilson originally opened on Broadway with The Music Man in 1957, starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. With eight Golden Globe nominations, it beat out "West Side Story" for the Best Musical award that year. Shirley Jones joined Preston for the movie version, which won an Academy Award for Best Score.

The show has been a perennial favorite of schools and community theaters ever since - making a big hit at Storm Lake High School, for example, in 2002.

The touring show adapt the original direction, but maintains the 1957 choreography. For tickets, call 712-252-3434 or see www.ticketmaster.com