A family-friendly classic makes for a fun summer outing at the theater. With Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone has found a production that will quickly become as popular as the musical itself.
The Tony Award®-winning musical tells the story of Harold Hill (Mark Smith), a con man, who dupes a small town into buying band instruments and uniforms with the promise of teaching them to play. His plans seem to change when he falls for the town’s librarian Marian (Katie Mitchell). She also develops an interest in him after he helps her little brother (Alex Huff) gain confidence and lose his stutter.
As the leads Smith and Mitchell create a strong foundation for the show. Smith’s Hill is devious, but affable, and he charms the audience as much as his character charms Marian. Likewise, Mitchell creates a strong character that has the right amount of vulnerability to make the part believable. But, it is her beautiful voice that makes her performance memorable with her flawless execution of the songs.
The mostly youthful cast also includes several children, who add a bit of charisma to the show. Of all them, it is Huff who stands out in his role as Winthrop. He provides much of the heart that will endear audiences to the show.
Under the direction of Christie Zimmerman, who also doubled as choreographer, the cast delivers a solid show. However, there is a lack of middle-aged performers playing the roles of the adult towns people. Each of the younger adult cast members are strong dancers and singers, but the non age-appropriate casting detracts from the completeness of the musical.
An entertaining production of a classic, The Music Man plays at The Legacy Theatre through July 27, 2014. For tickets and more information, please visit the theater’s website. The shows runtime is a little over two and hours plus an intermission.
– Kenny Norton