Meredith Willson's score remains intact on this soundtrack to the 1962 award winning film starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. You also get a huge Hollywood orchestra and chorus under the musical direction of Ray Heindorf! One of the best movie musicals ever made.
In light of all the hit Broadway musicals that have stumbled in their translation to the big screen, The Music Man
stands out as an exception; it is one of the best-loved movie musicals of all time. A great deal of the credit goes to composer Meredith Willson, who resisted studio pressure to hire a big name for the title role (Frank Sinatra or Cary Grant) in favor of the Tony-winning stage star, Robert Preston
, who turns in one of Hollywood's most magical performances as the spellbinder who hoodwinks a small town in Iowa. Shirley Jones
did not perform the show on Broadway, but she had cut her teeth as a musical ingenue in the films of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
and gives Marian the librarian a lovely voice and charming personality. Most importantly, Willson's score combines marching bands and barbershop quartets to capture perfectly the spirit of America's heartland at the turn of the century. A classic. --David Horiuchi