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The Music Man Comes to Concord Players Theater


The classic Broadway musical The Music Man is being revived by the talented team at Concord Players, a renowned community theater in Massachusetts. In this episode of the "Arts for the Masses" podcast, host Ryan Malyar sits down with two key members of the production - Nick Miller, the actor playing the iconic role of Harold Hill, and Kathryn Denney, the show's music director.


Nick and Ryan go way back, having worked together on a production 15 years ago. Nick expresses his excitement about bringing this beloved show to the Concord community, where he resides. He's particularly thrilled to be sharing the stage with his daughter Sage, exemplifying the multi-generational and community-driven spirit of the Concord Players.


Kathryn delves into the musical genius of Meredith Willson, the composer behind The Music Man. She highlights Willson's clever use of melodic and harmonic parallels between songs like "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Goodnight, My Someone," demonstrating his sophisticated compositional techniques woven into this quintessentially American musical.


The conversation touches on the show's central themes of transformation and acceptance, as the stubborn residents of River City, Iowa, are gradually won over by the charismatic con man Harold Hill. Kathryn also praises the talents of the lead actress, Janet Pohli, who brings depth and nuance to the role of Marian Paroo.


Nick and Ryan engage in some playful banter, briefly reprising portions of the memorable patter song "Trouble" to showcase the show's signature rhythmic flair. The camaraderie between the two friends is palpable, setting the stage for what promises to be an energetic and heartfelt production.

With a 13-piece orchestra, a dedicated costume team, and a talented ensemble of actors and musicians, the Concord Players' production of The Music Man is shaping up to be a must-see event for theater lovers in the area. The show runs from April 26th to May 11th, and tickets are available now at concordplayers.org.




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