“The Music Man” Marches Into Cranford

Music-Man-PictureCRANFORD – “The Music Man,” a musical by Meredith Willson, is marching into Cranford with its “76 Trombones” a-blazing! The Cranford Dramatic Club will present this toe-tapping theatrical production over the next two weekends at their community theatre at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford.

“The Music Man,” with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey tells the iconic story of Harold Hill, a fast-talking travelling salesman, who goes to River City, Iowa, to create a boys’ band and to sell instruments. Harold cons the naive townspeople of their money and plans to skip town. Marian Paroo, the prim librarian, is onto him, but when he helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions, she begins to fall in love with him. Harold falls for Marian as well, but risks being caught in his con if he continues to woo her.

The production is directed by Ken and Mary Webb, and features Paul Aiello and Misti Dawn Garritano as “Professor” Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. And while the 1957 Broadway début had 76 trombones leading a parade, CDC’s “parade” will include more than 30 cast members from throughout the tri-state area.

Upcoming performances are Fridays: May 10 and 17 at 8 p.m., Saturdays: May 11 and 18 at 8 p.m. and a special Mother’s Day matinee performance on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.

Tickets to all performances are on sale online at www.cdctheatre.org, or by stopping by the Box Office at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford, during a performance.

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

The 2012-13 season is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through grants administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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