The Music Man

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A hit Broadway musical in 1957 and an equally successful Hollywood film in 1962, Meredith Willson's The Music Man was again brought before the cameras in this lavish made-for-TV adaptation. Standing in for the original's Robert Preston is Matthew Broderick as "Professor" Harold Hill, a glib traveling salesman who descends upon the town of River City, IA, in the weeks just prior to the Fourth of July celebration of 1912. Persuading the populace that the youth of River City is in great danger of being corrupted by ...
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A hit Broadway musical in 1957 and an equally successful Hollywood film in 1962, Meredith Willson's The Music Man was again brought before the cameras in this lavish made-for-TV adaptation. Standing in for the original's Robert Preston is Matthew Broderick as "Professor" Harold Hill, a glib traveling salesman who descends upon the town of River City, IA, in the weeks just prior to the Fourth of July celebration of 1912. Persuading the populace that the youth of River City is in great danger of being corrupted by the presence of a new pool table, Hill convinces them that their only hope for salvation is the organization of a boy's band, with himself as a leader. Naturally, this will require the parents to shell out good money for band instruments and uniforms, and in exchange, Hill promises to teach the kids how to make music by utilizing his revolutionary "Think System." There's only one problem: Harold Hill is an out-and-out con artist, who doesn't know one note from another. Even so, he manages to win over everybody in town except local librarian/music teacher Marian Paroo Kristin Chenoweth and thick-eared Mayor Shinn Victor Garber. Ultimately, however, Marian joins Hill's camp -- mainly because he has brought her sullen brother, Winthrop Cameron Monaghan, out of his shell -- but as July Fourth approaches, Hill faces exposure and arrest thanks to a vengeful anvil salesman named Charlie Cowell Patrick McKenna. A meticulously faithful rendition of the Broadway original, The Music Man happily includes all of the show's wonderful songs, among them "Ya Got Trouble," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," "Lida Rose," "Marian the Librarian," "Pickalittle," "Til There Was You," and "My White Knight" which was not used in the 1962 movie adaptation. Though some critics found Matthew Broderick a bit too lightweight and Jeff Bleckner's direction a tad gimmicky, no one could fault the full-bodied vocal renditions, nor the consistently inventive choreography of Kathleen Marshall. Produced by the same team responsible for the 2003 movie smash Chicago, The Music Man debuted February 16, 2003, as an "expanded" episode of ABC's Wonderful World of Disney anthology.
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  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • UPC: 786936221763
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

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Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Prof. Harold Hill
Kristin Chenoweth Marian Paroo
Victor Garber Mayor Shinn
Debra Monk Mrs. Paroo
Molly Shannon Eulalie Shinn
David Aaron Baker Marcellus Washburn
Cameron Monaghan Winthrop Paroo
Clyde Alves Tommy Djilas
Cameron Adams Zaneeta Shinn
Patrick McKenna Charlie Cowell
Megan Moniz Amaryllis
Richard Fitzpatrick Constable Locke
Pete Luciano Jacey Squires
Marty Beecroft Ewart Dunlop
Joe Heslip Olin Britt
Glenn Coulson Oliver Hix
Janine Theriault Ethel Toffelmier
Tannis Burnett Maud Dunlop
Jenni Burke Mrs. Squires
Janet Van de Graff Pick-a-Little Lady #5
Sharron Matthews Pick-a-Little Lady #6
Derwin Jordan Salesman #1
Timm Zemanek Salesman #2
Juan Chioran Salesman #3
Jeff Pustil Salesman #4
Cliff Saunders Salesman #5
Gerry Quigley Card Player #1
Greg Ellwand Card Player #2
Sheri Godfrey Sadder But Wiser Girl
Boyd Banks Conductor
Technical Credits
Jeff Bleckner Director, Executive Producer
James Chressanthis Cinematographer
John M. Eckert Producer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Bryan M. Horne Editor
Kathleen Marshall Choreography
Neil Meron Executive Producer
Sally Robinson Teleplay
Geoffrey Rowland Editor
Craig Zadan Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More like 46 Trombones

    Kristin Chenowith is charming. The changes in the orchestrations and settings and tone work fine, too. What's missing? Magic. It all seems rather bland...As talented as I think Matthew Broderick is, I found him to be miscast...and some of the talented supporting cast , especially Molly Shannon, seemed wasted. All in all, a pale copy of the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I am a major music lover, and believe me, I LOVE Matthew Broderick in The Music Man. It is better than the original adatptation on film, and quite worth your while. The lyrics are easier to understand because they are spoken and sung at a slower pace and the dancing is amazing! There is a ton of stuff going on in each scene so you never get bored watching it over and over again! I fell in love with it at the opening song! If you haven't already, you "ought to give Iowa a try"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUSIC IS AMAZING!

    The music is catchy and beautiful. Great story and cast. 5,000 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Except that they can't sing

    Nice choreography but Matthew Broderick can't carry a tune. THis deosn;t come close to the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!

    Combining the talents of Matthew Broderick (Mel Brooks' The Producers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, You're A Goood Man Charlie Brown), what do you get? Wow! This is the story of Harolod Hill(Broderick) that comes to Salt Lake City to start a band. One of the young ones in the band is Winthrop (Monaghan)who lives with his sister Marian (Chenoweth). This delightful musical has classic numbers like '76 Trombones' and ''Till There Was You'. A delight! Mayor Hinns is played by Victor Garber.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disney Musical Is A Smash!

    The incredable musical, The Music Man is brought back to life, by the same people who brought you Chicago. The story takes place in River City, Iowa where Proff. Harold Hill (Mathew Brodrick, Inspector Gadget) comes to start a band, but gets his foot stuck in the door by falling in love with the town librarian, Marian Paroo(Kristen Chenoweth, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown). This is one of the most wonderful movies I have seen in my life! It is amazing! Mathew and Kristen did an outstanding preformance. (They both have exelent voices)!!

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