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The Music Man (2003)

Contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and 1962 film, updated to reflect a few early twenty-first-century sensibilities: A masterful con artist tries to bilk a staid ... See full summary »

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Jeff Bleckner

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Meredith Willson (story), Franklin Lacey (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Professor Harold Hill
Kristin Chenoweth ... Marian Paroo
Victor Garber ... Mayor Shinn
Debra Monk ... Mrs. Paroo
Molly Shannon ... Mrs. Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
David Aaron Baker ... Marcellus Washburn
Cameron Monaghan ... Winthrop Paroo
Clyde Alves Clyde Alves ... Tommy Djilas
Cameron Adams ... Zaneeta Shinn
Linda Kash ... Alma Hix
Patrick McKenna ... Charlie Cowell
Megan Moniz Megan Moniz ... Amaryllis
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Constable Locke
Jenni Burke Jenni Burke ... Mrs. Squires
Marty Beecroft Marty Beecroft ... Ewart Dunlop
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Contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and 1962 film, updated to reflect a few early twenty-first-century sensibilities: A masterful con artist tries to bilk a staid Midwestern community, with unexpected results. Written by Carl Schultz

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Millbrook, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This version reinstates two songs absent in the original film version and excludes one other. "My White Knight" replaces "Being in Love" and another song for the Quartet was also included. See more »

Goofs

At the end of "Sadder But Wiser Girl", the piano player's fingers strike the piano keys after the last note is played... showing that the piano player is acting like he is playing piano. Also, at the beginning of "Sincere", Ewart Dunlop does not start singing when the rest of the quartet does. See more »

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[first lines]
Train conductor: River City Junction, River City next station stop, River City next Aboard!
Salesman #1: It's them big new department stores back East. They let people buy anything on credit.
Salesman #2: If I don't give credit, I'm gonna lose customers.
Salesman #1: You crazy with the heat. Credit is no good for a notions salesman.
Salesman #2: Why not? What's the matter with credit?
Salesman #1: It's old-fashioned. Charlie, you're an anvil salesman, your firm give credit?
Charlie Cowell: No, sir!
Salesman #1: Nor anybody else.
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I didn't expect to have to wear a suit of armor
18 February 2003 | by jbuck_919See all my reviews

Reaction to this production has been very emotional and on the musicals board I have had to endure the most incredible bashing because I actually liked it.

Some people have been critical of my opinion because I had the temerity to assume they were comparing it to the classic movie version, which I adore. They weren't thinking of that at all. Yeah, right.

This was a great production of this great musical. I have no reservations. I'm sorry if the Harold Hill was not the creepy crawly we are used to in Robert Preston or that Marion was not the sweet fickle thing we knew in Shirley Jones. It is of the nature of musicals and of stage plays that were not written as screenplays in general to be open to various interpretations in various producations. I've seen a dinner theatre version of West Side Story that was better than the movie.

I just don't get the criticism, most of which is based on our image of Broderick, who will turn 40 next month. He lacks neither the talent nor the presence nor the experience to pull this off, and boy did he pull it off!

At the risk of making a ludicrous juxtaposition, a musical as great as Music Man is like Shakespeare. It has to be defeated by wilfull misinterpretation rather than lifted into triumph by faithfulness to what it is all about, because just doing it right is all that is needed. The Disney production was not a misinterpretation, and it does it right.


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