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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release


Northwest students and members of the Maryville community will perform in the Northwest music and theatre departments' production of "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25-27, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. (PHOTOS BY DARREN WHITLEY/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

Feb. 9, 2010

'The Music Man' marching to the Northwest stage this month

MARYVILLE, Mo.- The Northwest music and theatre departments will present "The Music Man," at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25-27, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

General admission tickets are $11. Tickets for Northwest faculty and staff, all students and senior citizens are $9. All seating is general admission. Tickets can be reserved at or purchased at the Ron Houston Center box office starting one hour prior to the show.

The musical, with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, tells the story of a fast-talking traveling salesman and con man, Professor Harold Hill, who convinces the townsfolk of River City, Iowa, that he can teach their children to play in a superb marching band. But his scheme is complicated when a relationship blooms between him and the town librarian, Marian. When Harold's credentials are challenged, he must prove himself to the citizens of River City and his newfound love.

The show became a Broadway hit in 1957 and continued for 1,375 performances, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical's popularity also has led to multiple revivals and film adaptations, including a 2003 television movie starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

The musical also entertains with beloved and rousing tunes such as "Iowa Stubborn," "Seventy-six Trombones," "Shipoopi," and "Till There Was You."

"I believe 'The Music Man' is truly one of the great American musicals," Music Director Dr. Brian Lanier said. "It might even be classified as THE quintessential American musical. Meredith Willson has written wonderful music, which captures the spirit of the characters in the story. His music reflects the attitudes of honest folks who settled in Iowa. ... It shows the beauty of people falling in love. The talent of the cast and musicians for the production at Northwest is outstanding! This is a show that every family will enjoy."

Northwest's production will showcase the artistic abilities of not only the University music and theatre departments, but also the talented youth of the Maryville community. Students from Horace Mann School, Eugene Field, St. Gregory's and the Maryville Middle School are playing roles in the show.

" 'The Music Man' is excellent entertainment on several levels, combining flashy dance numbers with fine music, both vocal and instrumental, stunning sets and costumes, and of course, characters and a story line that is pure fun for everyone," Stage Director Dr. Joe Kreizinger said.

Partial funding for Northwest theater productions is provided by a generous gift from DST Systems, Inc. of Kansas City.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468