The Music Man

Musical

Writers: Franklin Lacey Meredith Willson

Context

Inspired by his own small-town upbringing in Mason City, Iowa, Meredith Willson began developing the idea for his first musical, The Music Man, in 1948. It would be nearly another decade before the show opened on Broadway, but when it did--in December 1957--it enchanted audiences immediately with its All-American charm, catchy tunes, and loveable characters. Since then, it has enjoyed several Broadway revivals, international productions (including on London’s West End), film adaptations, and numerous major regional productions. It is also a favorite of amateur and community theater

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