The Making of “The Music Man”

APRIL 28 (3:00 PM)                                                   Chagrin Falls High School Performing Arts Center        (produced in association with Chagrin Arts)

MAY 5 (2:00PM)                                                            Lorain County Community College
Stocker Arts Center (Studio Theatre)

It almost didn’t happen: Meredith Willson wrote 30 drafts over eight years before The Music Man finally saw the light of day in 1957 – and even then insiders were convinced the show was too hokey for Broadway. But Willson’s charming con man, Harold Hill, not only dazzled the small town of River City, Iowa; for nearly 60 years his 76 trombones have led the parade of a great American musical. In TMTP’s multi-media concert, you’ll hear all of the songs introduced by Robert Preston, Barbara Cook and the Buffalo Bills – including “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Till There Was You” and “Lida Rose” – and the fascinating story of the musical’s creation.

Hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier with vocalists George Roth and Laura Lindauer, plus a 30-member choir and a barbershop quartet!


Chagrin Arts: $26 preferred,$20 general, $5 student. For tickets, call the TMTP box office 216-245-8687.

Stocker Arts Center: $15 for adults, $10 for students 12 and under. Call 440-366-4040. Also in person or online at