'The Music Man' promises rousing patriotism, great fun

Critic's Choice: Theater

November 25, 2001|By J. Wynn Rousuck

If patriotism is what you're looking for this holiday season -- as many of us are -- then you might want to take in The Music Man, which opens a one-week run at the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday. Set in 1912, the Meredith Willson musical begins on the Fourth of July when con artist Harold Hill (Gerritt VanderMeer) arrives in River City, Iowa, claiming he can transform the town's youngsters into a first-class marching band.

The touring production features the choreography created by Susan Stroman for the current Broadway revival. Her direction is re-created by protege Ray Roderick. The score ranges from the patter song "Trouble" to the rousing "Seventy-Six Trombones" and the lilting ballad "Till There Was You."

Show times at the Mechanic, 25 Hopkins Plaza, are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $21.50-$69. Call 410-752-1200.

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