The 2012 Music Circus season continues with The Music Man, theatre's musical tribute to the optimism, warmth, stubbornness and innocence of small town America, at Wells Fargo Pavilion now playing through August 5. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below.
Playing Harold Hill in this iconic musical is Patrick Cassidy, whose Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun and 42nd Street, in which he starred with his mother, stage and screen star Shirley Jones. And playing Mrs. Paroo is Shirley Jones, who starred in the classic films The Music Man, Oklahoma! and Carousel, as well as the popular TV series The Partridge Family. Playing Marian Paroo is Brandi Burkhardt, whose Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! and A Tale Of Two Cities, and who has played a variety of film and television roles.
Kevin Cooney, whose Broadway and touring credits include Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, M. Butterfly and Big River, plays Mayor Shinn. Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn is played by Paula Leggett Chase, whose Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Pajama Game and Kiss Me, Kate. Bradley Benjamin, whose Broadway and touring credits include Oklahoma! and Thoroughly Modern Millie, plays Zaneeta Shinn. Tommy Djilas is played by Michael McGurk, whose Broadway credits include The Wedding Singer and The Music Man. Marcellus Washburn will be played by Jason Graae, who has performed on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos and Stardust.
The Music Man, with book, lyrics and music by Meredith Willson, features the classic songs "Seventy Six Trombones," "Goodnight My Someone" and "Till There Was You." The original Broadway production, starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, opened Dec. 19, 1957 and ran for 1,375 performances, closing Apr. 15, 1961. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1958 and won 6, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Robert Preston) and Best Featured Actress (Barbara Cook). There were two subsequent Broadway productions, in 1980 and 2000. The beloved film The Music Man, based on the musical and starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, was released in 1962.
The Music Circus production of The Music Man is directed by Glenn Casale. The Choreographer is Dan Mojica and Music Director is Dennis Castellano.
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Associate Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre Executive Producer is Richard Lewis.
Music Circus productions are presented at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street in Sacramento. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Tickets are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at www.tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office.
The 62nd Music Circus season continues with Fiddler on the Roof (August 14 – 19) and Crazy for You (August 28 – September 2). For more information, please visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.
Photo Credit: Charr Crail
Patrick Cassidy and Company
Patrick Cassidy and Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones, Carter Thomas and Brandi Burkhardt
Patrick Cassidy and Company
Carter Thomas, Patrick Cassidy and Brandi Burkhardt
Patrick Cassidy and Brandi Burkhardt
Shirley Jones and Brandi Burkhardt
Jack Doyle, Michael Dotson, J.D. Daw and Joseph Torello
Patrick Cassidy and Brandi Burkhardt with Company
Michael McGurk and Bradley Benjamin
Patrick Cassidy and Paula Leggett Chase
Patrick Cassidy and Kevin Cooney