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Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN - at Gateway Theatre December 8-31, 2016

Meredith Willson's

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson • Story by Meredith Willson and Frank Lacey
Directed by Barbara Tomasic • Music Direction by Christopher King • Choreography by Suzanne Ouellette


The rousing classic about a charming con man and his seventy-six trombones.

December 831, 2016 • MainStage

This beguiling and nostalgic family musical begins when fast-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in small town Iowa, singing empty promises about starting a glorious marching band to organize the local youth. Although all the townsfolk seem eager to follow his lead, the prim local librarian, Marian, threatens to reveal him as a fraud. As the two butt heads, sparks fly, inspiring Harold to change his tune. Romantic and completely clever, The Music Man is a heart-warming story about personal redemption and the power of a big brass band.

“The Music Man is a marvelous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition.”The New York Times

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Single Ticket Adult Prices are as follows: Zone 1: $55.00  Zone 2: $46.00 Zone 3: $29.00

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PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: December 831. Evening performances @ 8pm each night (exceptions: December 13, 24, 25, 27, all Sundays and Mondays). Matinee performances December 10, 11, 18, 26, 30, and 31 @ 2pm; also December 13 @ 1pm. Student matinee performance on December 14 @10am. For a full calendar, please click here.

RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2.5 hours, including one intermission.


Full 2016/2017 Season Brochure: Download it here.

Gateway Librarian Recommends...: Gateway Theatre is excited to partner with the Richmond Public Library (RPL) to recommend books, audio and video inspired by our upcoming 2016-2017 Season.


HEAR MUSIC FROM THE SHOW: Click the video below to hear the iconic tune "76 Trombones" from the 1962 movie version of The Music Man starring Robert Preston.

Meredith Willson

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson was educated at Damrosch Institute of Musical Art (now known as The Juilliard School) as a flute and piccolo player. Willson was the solo flautist with John Phillip Sousa's band from 1921-1923, and he played flute in the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Arturo Toscanini from 1924-1929. As musical director and conductor, Willson is known for his work on the popular radio programs: Carefree Carnival (1933-1936), Maxwell House Coffee Time (1940-19) and The Big Show (1950-1953). Willson also scored Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator and Hellman's The Little FoxesMeredith Willson's The Music Man opened on Broadway in December of 1957 and went on for a 1375 performance run. The cast album won the very first Grammy Award of its kind, and the Broadway production won fiveTony Awards, with Willson winning for Best Musical Author and Best Composer & Lyricist. The 1962 movie version starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score. Willson also wrote The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which opened on Broadway in 1960 and Here's Love (a musical adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street) which opened on Broadway in 1963. Willson's song "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" written in 1951 and made famous by Perry Como was used in Here's Love.


Jay Hindle Harold Hill
Meghan Gardiner Marian Paroo
Chris Lam Marcellus Washburn
Joel Garner Mayor Shinn
Jennifer Long Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn
Michelle Collier Mrs. Paroo
Oliver Gold Winthrop Paroo
Scotia Browner Amaryllis
Mckintosh Sutherland  Tommy Djilas
Jennifer Lynch Zaneeta Shinn
Kyra Leroux Gracie Shinn
David Cotton  Olin Britt
Oliver Castillo Oliver Hix
Sean Sonier Ewart Dunlop
Theo Budd Jacey Squires
Leah Ringwald Ethel Toffelmier
Ranae Miller  Alma Hix
Linda Leong Sum Maud Dunlop
Vanessa Coley-Donohue Mrs. Squires
Nathan Cottell Charlie Cowell 
Theresa Cotton Female Ensemble
Lyndsey Britten Female Ensemble
Julian Lokash Male Ensemble
Sam Patterson Male Ensemble
Kyle Preston Oliver Male Ensemble
Graeme Kitagawa  Male Ensemble


Barbara Tomasic Director
Christopher King Music Director
Suzanne Ouellette Choreographer
Marshall McMahen Set Designer
Carmen Alatorre Costume Designer
Megan Kennedy Costume Assistant
Gerald King Lighting Designer
Bradley Danyluk Sound Designer
Justin Aucoun Technical Director
Lorilyn Parker Stage Manager
Koh McRadu Assistant Stage Manager
Xin Xuan Song  Apprentice ASM
Alexa Fraser Assistant to the Director
Carol Macdonald Production Properties
Josef Chung Production Manager
Jill Wyness Makeup Artist
Victoria Klippentstein Head Cutter
Sarah Butler Costume Builder
Desiree Morin Costume Builder
Jessica Oostergo Costume Builder
Anna Potter Costume Builder
Megan Veaudry Costume Builder
Mark Haney Bass
Martin Fisk Percussion
Susan Cosco Violin
Derry Byrne Trumpet
Mark D'Angelo Trumpet
Drew Dumas Trombone
Lawrence Woodall Reeds
Bryan Vance Reeds
Kevin Woo Reeds
Clare Wyatt Piano

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