Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards!
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Musical Score!

Seventy-six trombones led the big parade With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.

IMG Artists and PGM Productions are thrilled to welcome you to the stunning live-orchestra concert presentation of the much beloved film, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man!

With the beauty and drive of Meredith Willson’s wonderful score performed live to the original 1962 film, the timeless anthem “76 Trombones” – already a knock-out experience by itself – bursts from the screen  with the force of a full symphony orchestra!

Nominated for six Academy Awards – and winner of Best Musical Score! – this classic musical film follows con artist Harold Hill as he arrives in River City, Iowa, planning to swindle the town by selling them instruments and uniforms for a boys’ marching band he never intends to form. As he convinces everyone to buy into his scheme, he is viewed skeptically by the local librarian, Marian Paroo. However, as Harold tries to win her support, he unexpectedly falls in love with her, and his deception evolves into a genuine desire to make a contribution to the community.

With Robert Preston as the thrill-seeking music huckster, Shirley Jones as Marian, Buddy Hackett as the comic support and many more, the film celebrates turn-of-the-century mid-western values and its music of the people.  The love story itself generates some wonderful songs: “Marian the Librarian”, “Gary, Indiana”, “The Wells Fargo Wagon”, “(Ya Got) Trouble” and “Shipoopi”. The list goes on of tunes that have thrilled audiences and The Music Man  fans around the world.  It is one of the best movie musicals ever made!

Program Information

Film Credits


Robert Preston — Harold Hill

Shirley Jones — Marian Paroo

Buddy Hackett — Marcellus Washburn

Hermione Gingold — Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn

Paul Ford — Mayor George Shinn

Al Shea — Ewart Dunlop

Pert Kelton — Mrs. Paroo

Vern Reed — Jacey Squires

Ron Howard — Winthrop Paroo

Bill Spangenberg — Olin Britt

Wayne Ward — Oliver Hix

Timmy Everett — Tommy Djilas

Susan Luckey — Zaneeta Shinn

Harry Hickox — Charlie Cowell

Charles Lane — Constable Locke

Mary Wickes — Mrs. Squires

Sara Seegar — Maud Dunlop

Adnia Rice — Alma Hix

Peggy Mondo — Ethel Toffelmier

Jesslyn Fax — Avis Grubb

Monique Vermont — Amaryllis

The Buffalo Bills — School Board


Produced by

Morton DaCosta  

Screenplay by

Marion Hargrove  

Directed by

Morton DaCosta  

Music by

Meredith Willson  

Film Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Production Credits

Producer: John Goberman

Technical Supervisor: Pat McGillen

Music Preparation: Larry Spivack

Running Time: 151 minutes

The producer wishes to acknowledge the contributions and extraordinary support of John Waxman (Themes & Variations). A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.



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