PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS


The Music Man
"Given some of the touring shows that have made it to Boston in the past few years, there was reason to be concerned about the non-Equity production of The Music Man at the Colonial Theatre.

Not anymore. I might have to turn in my union card, but The Music Man that opened here last night is infinitely better than the one that premiered on Broadway in 2000. It's better staged, better sung, better acted and comparably danced.

It is certainly better housed in Boston; the multiple sets that make up River City, Iowa, fit the Colonial Theatre like a glove. River City is the place where Norman Rockwell meets Norman Vincent Peale, where homespun virtues can get you anywhere if they are twinned with optimism (and maybe a little chicanery). The lispers can learn to hold their heads high, the lonely can find romance, and any one of the 76 trombones can go from off-key to full-throttle."

Boston Globe, Ed Siegel 5/2/2003

"FRESH MUSIC MAN STILL SCAMS WITH STYLE...THE SHOW ONSTAGE AT THE CHICAGO THEATRE IS FIRST-RATE"
Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss

"MUSIC MAN KNOWS HOW TO CHARM"
Los Angeles Times

"THIS TRAVELING MUSIC MAN HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES"
Sun-Sentinel, Jack Zink

"THE MUSIC MAN RAZZLE-DAZZLES"
Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

"THIS MUSIC MAN IS BRIGHT, FUNNY AND AFFECTING, A GREAT WAY TO BANISH BLUES"
The News Journal, Wilmington, DE

"IT'S NO CON: MUSIC MAN IS GENUINE AMERICANA"
Tampa Tribune

"SINGING, DANCING ENERGY MAKE MUSIC MAN MAGICAL"
The News-Press, Ft. Myers, FL

"A GRAND NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT"
The Flint Journal, Flint, MI

"EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, THERE'S FUN IN RIVER CITY"
Orlando Sentinal, Orlando, FL


"Like a blue-plate special overflowing with musical comfort food, this touring edition is just what the country needs."
Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

"From the ...overture performed onstage by a train-riding marching band to the rousing sendoff finale, Friday's audience was enchanted and thoroughly entertained."
The Flint Journal

"Fresh Music Man Still Scams with Style. It must be said that show [the national touring production of The Music Man] is first rate. Not only does is sparkle with a youthful and talented cast - whose big voices, distinctive characterizations and splendid dancing are ideally suited to this re-envisioned but unquestionably old-fashioned musical - but its richly layered scenery and sumptuous costumes are top-drawer."
Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss

"Friday night's audience was heard to "oooh" and "ahhh" more than once over this delightful candy cane of a show."
The Flint Journal

"A Parade worth seeing. Some of American musical comedy's best songs and dances are what make The Music Man a classic. You will be glad if you see this production."
St. Petersburg Times

"But you want to know if the show is any good. It is. The touring production, directed by Ray Roderick and based on Susan Stroman's direction and choreography for the 2000 Broadway revival, is thoroughly professional."
Detroit Free Press

"The Big League Productions production musters a talented cast and picture-book sets and costumes that don't look skimpy."
Palm Beach Daily News

"Future audiences might want to curtail their enthusiasm for standing ovations a bit. The opening night audience wound up standing through the fine stage finale involving the entire company."
Des Moines Register

"Inside the theater, it was hard not to feel patriotic, a bit misty-eyed and oh, so Iowan watching a wonderful cast of young and old alike do their magic on Willson's best loved musical."
The Ottumwa Courier, Des Moines, IA

"Touring Music Man is a Humdinger. The nationally touring version that's at the Weidner Center through Sunday is a beauty. It's bright, rousing, tuneful, patriotic, loving - all the expected charms."
Green Bay Press Gazette

"Susan Stroman's imaginative directing and choreography put a new spin on this 45 year old musical. The Big League Productions production musters a talented cast and picture book sets and costumes."
Palm Beach Daily News

"Music Man Knows How to Charm...comic moments are well-realized and the big numbers are bouncy fun. Hill's ripe-for plucking, Norman Rockwell-ish River City blooms courtesy of J. Branson's sumptuous set pieces...Moonlight has rarely looked so lovely on stage."
Los Angeles Times, Lynne Heffley

"Music Man Has Polish...there is much enjoyment to be found in this spirited production of the classic musical."
Philadelphia Enquirer, Douglas Keating


SUSAN STROMAN QUOTES

"The big production numbers look terrific…the barbershop harmonizing is top-drawer, the Pickalittle crew droll…thanks to (Susan) Stroman's fabulous finale and timely unfurling of a massive American flag, the last moment of the show is likely to pop hinterland viewers straight to their feet."
Variety, Chris Jones

"Harold Hill sets the whole town to music, as if the ladies auxiliary were born harmonizing, the school board woke up with perfect pitch and every one of River City's teenagers were a budding Baryshnikov in disguise. That, at least, is the magic that director-choreographer Susan Stroman brought to River City. "
Orlando Sentinel, Elizabeth Maupin

"...by the time the casts gets through Susan Stroman's exhilarating choreography for 'Seventy-Six Trombones' early in the first act, we're sold. Stroman has a way of building musical numbers so that the ante keeps getting upped. Each sequence displays a little more inventiveness, athleticism and exuberance than what came before it."
The Denver Post, Alan Stern

"The director and choreographer of the revival on Broadway, Susan Stroman, has her stamp all over this bright and busting production, one which you should get to. She has infused Willson's original game plan with even more wit and energy, and the company in town is decidedly up to her demands."
Daily Gazette, Schenectady, New York

"A dazzling road production of Music Man opened to remind us how terrific the 1957 Tony Award winning musical still is. By any conceivable measurement, this version of Susan Stroman's 2000 Broadway stagings stands out as superlative. Acting, dancing, and singing are top-drawer, set design is fresh and imaginative, and choreography is stunning."
Kalamazoo Gazette

"The 2000 Broadway choreography of five-time Tony award Susan Stroman was adapted for this large company. The big chorus numbers are magnificent to behold, an eye-popping spectacle that fills the entire stage, including tabletops, bookcases, park benches, whatever flat surface is present."
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis


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