One of the most beloved musicals ever written, The Music Man, is marching in to Auckland this October as a concert spectacular.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful semi-staged season of Chess, The Music Manwill be performed live by our finest singers and musicians, sharing the stage with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band to create a wall of sound.
Featuring 24 big band songs, including the hit Seventy-six Trombones, this is an experience not to be missed at Auckland’s Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, from 12 – 15 October. Pre-sales begin today and all remaining seats will be available to the public this Wednesday.
Produced by the Amici Trust and G&T Productions – a collab responsible for recent musical hits including Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots – this four-day music extravaganza is a premiere event delivered in association with Auckland Live.
The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway in in 1957, running for 1,375 performances and winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The cast album won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and ranked on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks.
Its 2022 Broadway revival starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster achieved extraordinary success, playing 374 regular and 46 preview performances by the time it took its final bow.
As the best-known work by Meredith Willson, The Music Man follows the tale of brazen swindler Professor Harold Hill who arrives in River City, Iowa, promising uniforms, instruments and lessons for a new town band.
The locals are thrilled but in reality, Hill plans to leave River City as soon as he closes the sale. But those plans change when Hill meets Marian Paroo, or “Marian the Librarian,” and finds himself falling for her. Soon Hill must follow through on his big promises or else lose out on his chance at love.