The Music Man Review | Online Exclusives, April 2012

Marching On

The Music Man plays at just the right tempo

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Professor Harold Hill, center, leads the citizens of River City, Iowa, as they march to “Seventy-Six Trombones." Photos courtesy Beef & Boards.

River City’s got trouble as soon as Professor Harold Hill steps off the train in the Beef & Boards production of The Music Man. Marching on stage through May 25, this classic American musical is also a lighthearted and crowd-pleasing comedy.

Con man Harold Hill, played by Curt Dale Clark, convinces town members they need a boys’ band to keep the youth from rebelling. The fast-talking salesman knows nothing about music but deceitfully takes on the role of the bandleader –– conning parents into purchasing instruments and uniforms.

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Winthrop Paroo (Abraham Rittenhouse), left, is excited as he is presented a shiny new cornet from Professor Harold Hill (Curt Dale Clark).

Harold intends to ditch town like many times before, but he doesn’t plan on falling for the single librarian, Marian Paroo, played by Iowa native Katie Sina.

He ends up selling the townspeople more than just band gear, but dreams, camaraderie and pride, too.

With enthusiastic acting and music full of gusto, there is never a dull moment.

The mayor’s daughter, Zanetta Shinn, and the “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” ladies were hard to understand at times but fit the roles of a giggly schoolgirl and group of gossiping women well.

Shy Winthrop Paroo, played by Abraham Rittenhouse, stole the audience’s attention with his cheerful performance of “Gary, Indiana.”

The whole family will enjoy the show, which plays now through May 25 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include a lunch or dinner buffet. Call (317) 872-9664 or log on beefandboards.com.

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