The Music Man [Original Soundtrack]

The Music Man [Original Soundtrack]


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The Music Man [Original Soundtrack]

Coming along in the summer of 1962, four and a half years after the Broadway opening, the film version of The Music Man appeared in an era when Hollywood was more likely to be faithful to stage musicals, rather than dramatically altering them, as had been the practice in the past. The Music Man found Robert Preston re-creating his starring role as conman Professor Harold Hill, intent on swindling the good people of River City, IA, by selling them on a fictitious boys' band, and some minor roles were also filled by the Broadway originals. More important, Meredith Willson's score was rendered intact, the only change being a revision of the song "My White Knight" into "Being in Love." The major casting change was the substitution of Shirley Jones, who had a box-office track record, for Barbara Cook, who did not, in the role of Marian the librarian. Cook may have been preferable, but Jones handled the part well, too. Musically, the big change had to do with scale; the Broadway pit orchestra and original cast were replaced by a vast Hollywood orchestra and chorus, and musical director Ray Heindorf made the most of the larger effects on songs like "Seventy Six Trombones." Still, the music fan who already owned a copy of the original Broadway cast recording didn't really need to plump for the original motion picture soundtrack, which didn't keep the album from racing up the charts and going gold as the film became one of the year's top grossers. But it remains true; unless you are a Shirley Jones fan or want to hear future Andy Griffith Show co-star and film director Ronnie Howard sing "Gary, Indiana" with a lisp, stick to the Broadway version.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992715829
catalogNumber: 1459
Rank: 2538

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Heindorf   Conductor,Track Performer
Hermione Gingold   Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Hackett   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Preston   Vocals,Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pert Kelton   Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Wickes   Vocals
Ron Howard   Vocals
Buffalo Bills   Track Performer
Biddys   Track Performer
Traveling Salesmen   Track Performer
Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ray Heindorf   Producer
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Lee Herschberg   Remixing
Meredith Willson   Composer

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Music Man [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music was good like the broadway show.I also liked the movie songs. Robert Preston, and Shirley Jones make good music together! I liked ''Pick a little Talk a little'', and ''Seventy Six Trombones'', also ''Gary Indiana'', also ''Ya got trouble''. The music was so enchanting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw "The Music Man" when I was a kid about Ron Howards age. I deveoped a big crush on Monique Vermont, who played the part of "Amarylis" and would perform the opening train sequence for anyone willing to listen. I'm now 50 (and have seen it at least 50 times) and almost know the entire film line for line. I'll never grow tired of it. Robert Preston was created for this role. The Buffalo Bills and Shirley Jones with the added 'counterpoint' tunes still cause me to shake my head in dis-belief. This is a special musical that I feel opened the door to those that followed. My highest rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in the pit band at my highschool where the musical was (of course) "The Music Man". Let me just say that after spending weeks practicing and playing and learning this music inside and out, how much more I appreciate it. It is so much more challenging than one would think and there are so many cues that have to be just perfect. The way the original cast and band made all this seem so effortless is a testament to thier true talent. I thouroughly enjoy the play and the music, and can honestly say I will be singing "Shipoopi" for the rest of my life! Jilly Clyde!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it, period! I bought it and it was excellent, although the original Broadway cast was much different. I was in a tiny little play for it, I'm in the St. Elizabeth Chorale and it was an opprotunity to participate in something great. Five, I say, one, two, three, four, five stars! Stars that mark the difference between good movie and a bad! All of their songs are stuck in my head. Winthrop who was portrayed by Ronnie Howard was great along with all the others.