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The Music Man

An album by Original Broadway Cast

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  • Jul 17, 2000
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Pros: Fun to listen and sing along to; Piece of Theatre History; Good for the whole family

Cons: My White Knight is one of my least favorite songs in musical theatre, even though Barbara Cook does a great job on this album

The original Broadway cast recording of The Music Man has remained a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. When I was a lot younger (maybe even before I was born), my father played the role of Professor Harold Hill. In 1998, I was cast as Alma Hix in a production of The Music Man at Creative Ministries in Oakdale, NY. As a gift, someone gave me this CD.

As I listen to Robert Preston smooth talk his way through songs such as Trouble and Seventy-Six Trombones, I remember singing them along with my father. Barbara Cook's (no relation) voice practically drips through my speakers during My White Knight and Till There Was YOu. Eddie Hodges is just adorable with songs Gary, Indiana and The Wells Fargo Wagon.

It's no wonder that Meredith Willson won a Grammy in 1958 for The Music Man, even though it was his first show. (Here's a piece of trivia for you: Willson went on to host the Grammy Awards in 1959.) It's a mix of beautiful ballads and fun uptempo songs, all demonstrating the talent of the cast.

Even if you're not a Broadway junkie like I am, this is a nice album to own. The Music Man has been revived for a second time and is currently running on Broadway.

The Music Man is a great piece of American Theatre History. The show itself represents America at its most innocent, and I believe that is conveyed through the music. It really is a delight to listen to. Besides, millions of Americans can't be wrong - The album debuted on the Billboard Charts on February 24, 1958 and held the number one spot for 12 weeks. It stayed on the charts for a total of 245 weeks!



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review by . July 17, 2000
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Pros: Fun to listen and sing along to; Piece of Theatre History; Good for the whole family     Cons: My White Knight is one of my least favorite songs in musical theatre, even though Barbara Cook does a great job on this album     The original Broadway cast recording of The Music Man has remained a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. When I was a lot younger (maybe even before I was born), my father played the role of Professor Harold Hill. In 1998, …
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Music and lyrics written by Meredith Willson. Principal cast includes: Robert Preston (Harold Hill); Barbara Cook (Marian Paroo); David Burns (Mayor Shin); Pert Kelton (Mrs. Paroo); Iggie Wolfington (Marcellus Washburn); The Buffalo Bills. Recorded on December 29, 1957. Music and lyrics written by Meredith Willson. Principal cast includes: Robert Preston (Harold Hill); Barbara Cook (Marian Paroo); David Burns (Mayor Shin); Pert Kelton (Mrs. Paroo); Iggie Wolfington (Marcellus Washburn); The Buffalo Bills. Recorded on December 29, 1957. Includes liner notes by Marc Kirkeby. This is part of Angel's Broadway series. THE MUSIC MAN has been a Broadway smash since it first opened in 1957, and this cast album endures as one of the genre's finest. Composer Meredith Willson was a protTgT of Frank Loesser--he of "On A Slow Boat To China" fame. Set in small-town Iowa at the turn of the century, THE MUSIC MAN is a nostalgic tour-de-force. Barbara Cook (about whom it has been said, "if the angels don't sing like her,...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Overture / Rock Island
2. Iowa Stubborn
3. Ya Got Trouble
4. Piano Lesson
5. Goodnight My Someone
6. Seventy-Six Trombones and Goodnight My Someone
7. Sincere
8. Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me
9. Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little
10. Goodnight Ladies / Marian The Librarian
11. My White Night
12. Wells Fargo Wagon
13. It's You
14. Shipoopi
15. Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You
16. Gary, Indiana
17. Till There Was You
18. ...
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Label: EMI Angel (USA)
Release Date: November 21, 1992

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