Rob Gallagher as Harold Hill and the cast of The Music Man. Photo Credit- Michael DeCristofaro.
The Music Man mesmerizes audiences of Engeman Theater’s spring musical, with its classic musical numbers that stay with you long after you have left the theater. When “Seventy-Six Trombones” come marching in the small town of River City, Iowa, in 1912, both young and old in the town can do nothing but be swept along with the music and the leader of the band, the enthusiastic Harold Hill. Running now through May 18, 2014, The Music Man, with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, is a must-see for lovers of musical theater and this production can boast top-notch acting and singing. The Music Man will play the following performance schedule: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.; Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m.
With Rob Gallagher (Harold Hill) and Kim Carson (Marion Paroo) in the leads, the well-known numbers “Trouble;” “Seventy-Six Trombones;” “Goodnight, My Someone;” “Goodnight Ladies;” “The Wells Fargo Wagon;” and “Till There Was You” are beautifully performed by this talented cast. Hill and Paroo are perfectly cast by Stephen DeAngelis, casting director. Igor Goldin directs this production, recently having directed Twelve Angry Men and South Pacific at Engeman. Goldin’s other credits include Off-Broadway: YANK! (Drama Desk Award), WITH GLEE, SEUSSICAL and recipient of the NYMTF Award for Excellence in Direction for CROSSING SWORDS, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and COMMON GROUNDS. Cygnet Theatre Company: MAPLE AND VINE.
We first learn of the fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill on the Railway Coach in scene one and then again among the stubborn Iowa townspeople, “Iowa Stubborn” and “Trouble” in scene two. Hill runs into an old work colleague Marcellus, played by Carlos Lopez, who warns him that he will never “get anywhere with these stubborn Iowans.” Nevertheless, Hill poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the townspeople. Hill’s plan is to leave town before the new band needs to be trained. But he doesn’t figure on falling in love and even risks being caught to please Miss Paroo. Carson’s soprano voice is beyond beautiful with several amazing solos in “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Will I Ever Tell You?” and “Till There Was You.”
Kim Carson as Marion Paroo and Rob Gallagher as Harold Hill in The Music Man. Photo Credit- Michael DeCristofaro.
The musical was a hit on Broadway in 1957, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for “Best Original Cast Album.”
The choreography deserves high praise in this production, especially in “Trouble,” the Madison Library scene, “Wells Fargo Wagon,” the dance number “Shipoopi,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.” Choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo also choreographed South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Nunsense at Engeman. Off Broadway credits for DiPietropolo include With Glee and the National Tour of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
The cast of The Music Man. Photo Credit- Michael DeCristofaro
The impressive, talented cast of The Music Man features: Rob Gallagher (Harold Hill) whose credits are Engeman Theater: SOUTH PACIFIC (Emile Debecque), SOUND OF MUSIC (Capt. Von Trapp), OLIVER! (Bill Sykes), and MAN OF LA MANCHA (Dr. Carrasco). Broadway: LES MISERABLES, SOUTH PACIFIC. Kim Carson (Marian Paroo) with credits at Engeman Theater: SOUTH PACIFIC, LITTLE WOMEN. Other credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Arden Theatre Co., Philadelphia Theatre Co. Lopez (Marcellus Washburn) credits include Broadway: MAN OF LA MANCHA, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, GREASE, GUYS AND DOLLS, GRAND HOTEL and A CHORUS LINE. Ray Demattis (Mayor Shinn) and credits are Broadway: FIORELLO!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, CITY OF ANGELS, GREASE. Patti Mariano (Mrs. Paroo) made her Broadway debut in the original production of THE MUSIC MAN with Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. Broadway: BYE BYE BIRDIE, SAIL AWAY, I HAD A BALL, GEORGE M!, GODSPELL, AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE, RAGS, THE FULL MONTY, and the revival of 42ND STREET (Helen Hayes Award for the national tour). Jennifer Collester Tully (Eulalie Shinn) whose credits include Engeman Theater: WHITE CHRISTMAS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and 42ND STREET.
The cast also includes: NATHAN APPLEGATE , TARA CARBONE, RICHARD COSTA, KARLI DINARDO, DANIELLE MIA DINIZ, KATIE DOLCE, AMY JANE FINNERTY, EVAN FLANNERY, KENNY FRANCOEUR, HEIDI FRIESE, ANNA FROST, VINCENT GERARDI, JEFFREY KISHINEVSKY , CHRIS LEBEAU , LARRY LOZIER, MEGAN MAHER , PHYLLIS MARCH, JOHNNY MARX , SHANE MCGLONE, RYAN MCINNES, MARYELLEN MOLFETTA, MCKENZIE ANN MULLAHEY, KEVIN NECCIAI, DYLAN PERLES, ZOE KAYA PERLES, KILTY REIDY, MOLLY RUSHING, SAMMY SCHAPERO, JUSTIN SCHUMAN, NATALIE SEUS, MICHAEL SPENCER, JAMES MAXWELL TULLY, DOUGLAS VANDEWINCKEL, ALEXANDRA VALLEJOS, NELL WORDEN.
Tickets are $65.00 and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.