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Disney Presents The Music Man (2003 TV Film) Soundtrack

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Fresh from his Broadway triumph as accountant-turned-con-man Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks's The Producers, Matthew Broderick next tackled another of the American musical theater's most lovable rogues, The Music Man's Professor Harold Hill. As shepherded by the producers of the multi-Oscar®-nominated Chicago, this energetic TV adaptation of Meredith Willson's evergreen plays up its still-potent metaphors of middle-American hope and redemption via sparkling new arrangements, yet wisely grounds its credibility in the subtle dramatic shadings of stars Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. Vocally, Broderick may lack the bigger-than-life bravado of the original's Robert Preston, but it's precisely that scaled-down sincerity that carries his Hill throughout. Even familiar set pieces like "Seventy Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Gary, Indiana," and the show's enduring ballad, "Till There Was You," seem informed from within, rather than splashed with garish production overkill. It's a brisk, smart adaptation of a true American theater icon. -–Jerry McCulley

1. Rock Island
2. Iowa Stubborn
3. Ya Got Trouble
4. Piano Lesson
5. Goodnight, My Someone
6. Ya Got Trouble (Reprise) - Seventy Six Trombones
7. Sincere
8. The Sadder But Wiser Girl
9. Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little - Goodnight Ladies
10. Marian The Librarian
11. Gary, Indiana
12. My White Knight
13. The Wells Fargo Wagon
14. It's You
15. Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little (Reprise)
16. Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You
17. Gary, Indiana (Reprise)
18. Shipoopi
19. Till There Was You
20. Seventy Six Trombones (Reprise) - Goodnight, My Someone (Reprise)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: February 16, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Buena Vista
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • ASIN: B000088E62
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "broadwaybelter" on February 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Oh, Meredith Wilson and the ever so famous "The Music Man"...i must admit it has never been one of my favorite musicals, but after having watched this performance on TV I definetly have a new opinion of it.
The classic Wilson marches (76 Trombones) and quick lyrics (Pick-a-little, talk-a-little and Shipoopie for example)keep your feet tapping and your head bobbing.
Matthew Broderick, although no where compares to Robert Preston (but then again who could??), still shines as Harold Hill in his own right. Broderick brings a refreshing, more realistic Hill to the screen and to the music. Whether it be "Trouble" "Marian the Librarian" or "'Til there was you" Broderick shows the comedy, light-hearted persona that he is known for, as well as a romantic tenderness that is just heart melting. Broderick however, does not have the vocal skill to stand up to a singer like Kristin Chenoweth...
....who is simply a DREAM! If you have never heard her sing before you should go check out her solo album, as well as the "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"(revival cast...she won a Tony!) and "A New Brain" recordings because you will fall in love with her. Chenoweth creates the perfect Marian that captures your heart and your ears. She has such a phenomenal range and performative skill that she brings to her role that clearly distinguishes her from other Marians. She is not afraid to break away from the traditional soprano sound and use her chest voice a little in the lower ranges of the songs, which makes them so much more sincere and emotional.
It's a classic musical with some new twists and big names. How can you pass it up??
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Anyone setting out to do a remake of The Music Man has a difficult task ahead of them- it's pretty hard to top Robert Preston's stunning performance in the original Broadway and movie versions. That being said, Broderick does an admirable job.
One difficulty is that Broderick doesn't immediately have that loveable rogue quality that Preston has; he comes across more like an amoral sociopath than a trickster. It takes a while to warm up to his version of the character. Both he and Chenoweth are playing characters significantly younger than usually portrayed in The Music Man. As written, Harold and Marian are middled aged people, pretty much settled into a life that's acceptible but not terribly joyful. The crux of the story is how each discovers, through the other, something about themselves. Harold discovers his humanity and desire for a normal life, and Marian discovers that she still needs romance.
This never quite comes across in the Broderick-Cheoweth production. Both Broderick's Hill and Chenoweth's Marian are far too young to have any sort of past life or regrets. The poignient realizations that both come to just aren't there; it's more of a quick decision without much motivgation. He suddenly decides to stay, and she suddenly decides to help him.
Chenoweth's singing is of course outstanding, and the CD is worth listening to for her performances alone. Broderick's are by comparison somewhat emotionless, and not helped by the production. The finale lacks the big sound of the original production as well, and it goes out on a rather low key note.
In retrospect it was nice to see a solid attempt at a remake or a classic, and particularly nice to see it done on television, particularly in a season full of terrible reality shows and worse. But I do wish they'd done it with a little more passion and perhaps a little older cast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gllcanon on May 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The next thing you know your son is playin' for money in a pinch-back suit, and listening to some big out-of-town jasper, hear him tell about: re-making JAWS with Broderick as Police Chief Brody! Make your blood boil? Well I should say!

I'm sorry if this Disney Version was your first introduction to The Music Man, if so, you know nothing else, so you don't know any better. Had Disney cast Gilbert Gottfried & Susan Boyle as their leads, that would be all you know, too. Gottfriend's a born con-man, and Boyle has the chops. But that doesn't make it a good idea either. Was Sarah Jessica Parker one of the producers? How did Broderick get this gig?

If you've ever wondered what Warner Bros might have ended up with had they not hired DaCosta to direct nor consulted with Meredith Willson (who objected to Sinatra and insisted they go with many of the Broadway professionals who knew it by heart), this is what they would hv ended up with - a mess. This show will ultimately be forgotten as just one more mediocre re-make of a true classic.

I've listened to virtually every soundtrack of TMM countless times; saw Craig Bierko's Harold Hill on Broadway in 2000 as well as several college productions... while the Disney version certainly has more production value than those college productions (which don't come close to a Broadway show), at least those college kids gave it their all. Listening to this Disney soundtrack over & over (my punishment for buying it), I can't shake the feeling Broderick has simply never seen any production of TMM, nor ever listened to any of the well-respected recordings. It sounds like Broderick phoned it in, like he's reading the lyrics off a sheet. And reading it for the first time, I might add! No emotion. No believability. Nothing. Nada. Just watch the 1962 movie on Blu-Ray, widescreen. Or, go to a local theatre production - they couldn't do any worse.
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