The Music Man
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Let 76 trombones lead the big parade from the Great White Way into your home. It's the Music Man, the screen version of one of Broadway's all-time blockbusters, a skyburst of Americana as irresistible as 4th of July fireworks. Robert Preston and Shirley J Year: 1962
The Music Man was one of the last great movie musicals from any studio, and it proved to be that rarest of events: a Broadway show that was measurably improved by its transition to the screen. Robert Preston made his musical debut--both live and on film--as "Professor" Harold Hill, the upbeat charlatan who promises to teach a small-town boys band by the "think system." But it's the part Preston was born to play and the one for which he will always be best remembered. Composer Meredith Willson based The Music Man on his own small-town Midwestern boyhood, circa 1912, a quasi-mythical place where the old-maid librarian looks and sings like Shirley Jones. The boy himself is an adorable Ron Howard, lisp-singing "Gary, Indiana." Willson's entire score, featuring a combination of what are now standards, such as "Goodnight My Someone" and "Till There Was You" and show-specific numbers ("Trouble," "76 Trombones"), is never less than infectious. This dazzling special edition is also as bright and sunny as any 4th of July in Iowa could ever hope to be. --Robert WindelerSee all Editorial Reviews
- Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
- 30-minute making-of documentary "Right Here in River City"
- Introduction by Shirley Jones
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The music its superb and brought back many memories, and the story is perennial.
This is thoroughly enjoyable and Robert Preston and Shirley Jones are superb. Yes I love it.
Very fun musical--unlike others with its rapid beat, the play on sounds (the train's steam matching the "steam" of the angry salesmen's song at the beginning, the gossipy women sounding like hens on "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little," etc. Little Ron Howard!
We're introducing our kids to musicals, and this is a favorite!