Monday, July 6, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

July 5th, 2009

Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

It only seems right that we spend this sunny day after Independence Day with that most American of musicals. Meredith Willson’s homage to Midwest American life is filled with great music and is a loving tribute to those days gone by. The story of the con man who falls in love is simple, sweet, and a great way to celebrate to the July 4th weekend! If you have never seen it, go rent the movie!

Act I
Rock Island - Salesmen, Charlie, Harold
Iowa Stubborn - Townspeople of River City, Farmer, Farmer's Wife
Trouble - Harold, Townspeople
Piano Lesson - Marian, Mrs. Paroo, Amaryllis
Goodnight, My Someone - Marian, Amaryllis
Seventy-six Trombones - Harold, Boys and Girls
Sincere - Quartet (Olin Britt, Oliver Hix, Ewart Dunlop, Jacey Squires)
The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl - Harold, Marcellus
Pick a Little, Talk a Little - Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn and the Ladies
Goodnight Ladies - Quartet
Marian The Librarian - Harold
Gary, Indiana -Harold, Boys
My White Knight - Marian
The Wells Fargo Wagon - Winthrop, Townspeople

Act II
It's You - Quartet, Eulalie and Ladies
Shipoopi - Marcellus Washburn, Harold, Marian, Tommy Djilas, Zaneeta Shinn, and teenagers
Pick a Little, Talk a Little (Reprise)- Eulalie, Ladies
Lida Rose - Quartet
Will I Ever Tell You? - Marian
Gary, Indiana (reprise) - Winthrop, Marian, Mrs. Paroo
Lida Rose (Reprise)- Quartet
Till There Was You - Marian, Harold
Seventy-six Trombones / Goodnight, My Someone (Reprise)- Marian, Harold
Till There Was You (Reprise)- Harold
Finale - Company

Book, music, and lyrics: Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

We are listening to the original cast recording from 1957, which won the very first Grammy for Best original Cast Album. The show also won 5 Tony Awards, including best musical.

• Prof. Harold Hill — Robert Preston
• Marian Paroo — Barbara Cook
• Marcellus Washburn — Iggy Wolfington
• Winthrop Paroo — Eddie Hodges
• Mrs. Paroo — Pert Kelton
• Barbershop Quartet – The Buffalo Bills

You can’t spend a July 4th holiday without the marches of John Philip Sousa. But Sousa was much more than marches. He wrote over 300 songs and 15 operettas. Here’s just a few:
Joyce Guyer, soprano – Michael Willson, baritone – Dennis buck, piano
Girls who have loved (from The Free Lance - 1905)
A Serenade in Seville (1924)
Sweetheart, I’m waiting (from El Capitan – 1895)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1898)
Yes indeed, Sousa wrote words to this march – and none of the verses start with “Be kind to your web footed friends…!”

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