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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
Live Arts Maryland's season-closing production of "The Music Man" at Maryland Hall brought a pre-World War I small town to life with skilled musical direction and several memorable vocal performances. Music director J. Ernest Green led the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and cast members in the April 29-30 weekend performances of the musical, set in 1912, which sees a traveling salesman/con man change his ways. Composer-lyricist Meredith Willson's musical tale won the 1958 Tony Award for best musical, somehow besting Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" that year to place Willson at the top of Broadway composers.
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May 3, 2013
Students at West Middle School will perform Meredith Willson's “ Music Man, Junior” this weekend a t the West Middle School Auditorium, 60 Monroe St., Westminster. Performances are Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the West Middle Box Office. “Music Man Junior” is the story of 'Professor' Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who comes to a small town in Iowa hoping to make his fortune by selling his music and band equipment to the area's youth.
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May 3, 2013
Students at West Middle School will perform Meredith Willson's “ Music Man, Junior” this weekend a t the West Middle School Auditorium, 60 Monroe St., Westminster. Performances are Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the West Middle Box Office. “Music Man Junior” is the story of 'Professor' Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who comes to a small town in Iowa hoping to make his fortune by selling his music and band equipment to the area's youth.
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By Arda Ocal | November 9, 2012
Recently on WWE.com, Paul Heyman listed 10 “Paul Heyman Guys.” It seems to be the cool thing these days, in this exclusive club of individuals that associate themselves with the man known as the "Creative Rabbi," the man widely regarded as one of the best talkers and thinkers in the history of professional wrestling, the patriarch of ECW, the man who ushered in a wave of change in the wrestling landscape in the 1990s. One name that wasn't included in that list, (let's call him Paul Heyman Guy No. 11)
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 20, 1997
To paraphrase Meredith Willson, "We've Got Magic Right Here in River City" (the Severn, that is) with the Moonlight Troupers' "The Music Man."This show is a visual delight with sets that are true to Willson's story -- based on reminiscences of his boyhood in 1912 Iowa. His first show was eight years in the making with more than 30 drafts and 40 songs written before it reached rehearsals in 1957.From set design to cast and orchestra, the Troupers have crafted a star-spangled production.From the sound of the first whistle, the 24-piece orchestra under the direction of Raymond A. Ascione is a joy. The score is one of irresistible charm, its simplicity evoking a bygone time.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 14, 1994
It doesn't take a lot of insight to realize that Ray Charles is an extremely versatile musician. It isn't just that he has recorded with everyone from Aretha Franklin to George Jones to jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson; simply looking at such album titles as "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music," "My Kind of Jazz" or "Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul" says something about the range of music he has made over the years.But as he sees it, there's really only one kind of music he makes: Ray Charles music.
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April 3, 2005
St. Paul's Players will present The Music Man at 8 p.m. April 15, 16 and 22 and at 3 p.m. April 17 and 24 in the fellowship hall of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave. and Route 22 in Aberdeen. Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors, and $6 for children through high school. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, call Mike Bareham at 410-272-3111, or Gail Bareham at 410-515-7767. Reservations: 410-734-7429.
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February 24, 1991
John Carroll School's Patriot Players will present the musical "Music Man" on Sunday, Feb. 24, and Friday through Sunday, March 1 to 3, at the school, 703 Churchville Road in Bel Air.Friday and Saturdayperformances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., while the Sunday showis set for 7 p.m.Heading the cast is Brian Vollmer as Harold Hill. Meli Mullin will portray Marian Paroo, Courtney Reiter will play Mrs. Paroo, and Dave Callan will be seen in the role of Marcellus Washburn.Reservations: 838-8333 or 879-2480 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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By Sara Trapnell and Sara Trapnell,special to the sun | March 9, 2007
"The fella sells bands. Kids' bands. I don't know how he does it!" Recently, the students at River Hill High School showed us how in their marvelous production of The Music Man. The musical takes place in 1912 and tells the story of a traveling salesman, Harold Hill, and his attempts to con stubborn Iowans in River City into forming a kids' band with Hill as conductor. Little do the townspeople know that Hill can't read a note of music. The sly and crafty character fools them all into buying their children the works -- instruments, music books and even uniforms.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | June 18, 1993
Of the great musicals, "Les Miserables" may be the most spectacular; "My Fair Lady," the most sophisticated; and "Oklahoma," the most extravagantly tuneful.But for my money, the cleverest of them all is Meredith Wilson's classic "The Music Man," which is playing at the Summer Garden Theatre at the Annapolis City Dock.The wonderful story of the fly-by-night salesman who bamboozles an entire Iowa town into supporting his nonexistent marching band is a remarkable, inventive affair containing some of Broadway's most memorable melodies and the snappiest patter this side of Gilbert and Sullivan.
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By Kurt Ullrich | December 25, 2011
In Iowan Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Marian, the River City librarian, spends a lot of time looking for love, while pretending not to. In the end she does, in fact, find it, with a huckster - a man who may be slightly less than sincere. We naturally, and naively, assume it all works out for her, that her choice was sound, that her life will be perfect. A variation on a similar theme plays out quadrennially here in Iowa, where we have the enviable task of being the first in the nation to express our preferences for presidential candidates.
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July 28, 2011
Happy belated anniversary wishes to Tony and Beverly Brulinski of Perring Park, who celebrated their 41st year of wedded bliss on the Fourth of July. The 9:00 Mass at St. Isaac Jogues Church on Independence Day is always a special liturgy, with parishioners gathering in the vestibule afterwards for coffee and munchkins. Pastor Marty Hammond co-celebrated this holiday Mass with Father Steve Watson , a Carmelite priest who grew up in Carney and graduated from Parkville High.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
Live Arts Maryland's season-closing production of "The Music Man" at Maryland Hall brought a pre-World War I small town to life with skilled musical direction and several memorable vocal performances. Music director J. Ernest Green led the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and cast members in the April 29-30 weekend performances of the musical, set in 1912, which sees a traveling salesman/con man change his ways. Composer-lyricist Meredith Willson's musical tale won the 1958 Tony Award for best musical, somehow besting Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" that year to place Willson at the top of Broadway composers.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
"West Side Story," with one foot in Shakespeare and the other on the lawless streets of New York, rattled Broadway in 1957. Not surprisingly, it lost the Tony Award for best musical to something far more digestible and comforting" "The Music Man. " But tell the truth: Who would you rather spend a couple hours with — a con man selling band instruments or rival gang members who rumble balletically to some of the most brilliant music ever written...
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January 3, 2010
Monday Blacksmith group The Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville. Members learn new techniques while working on projects. No gate fees. Call 410-222-6115. Tuesday Rotary meeting The Crofton Rotary Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Bob Evans Restaurant in Waugh Chapel. Call 301-897-1462. Wednesday Concert The Canadian Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road, as part of the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association's 2009-2010 season.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2010
Children's Theatre of Annapolis is bringing Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," an autobiographical reminiscence of life in small-town America, to life for eight performances this month. Judging by the skilled acting, singing and dancing at a recent rehearsal, this classic American musical seems a perfect fit for the 35-member CTA cast, whose actors range in age from 12 to 18. In his first Children's Theatre directing assignment, Jose de la Mar exhibits great rapport with the kids, inspiring their self-confidence and drawing a high degree of professionalism.
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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | July 8, 1994
When Howard County Summer Theatre entered its 20th year, it decided to produce its annual July production with a show that would be celebratory.A show with scores of cast members, lots of singing and dancing, and even a brass band would reflect the enthusiasm of a company filled with youngsters and adults, students and teachers, children and parents.The troupe selected "The Music Man," a play that hails small-town America and all of its folksiness, warmth and charm.The play opens tonight at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | July 27, 2006
In The Music Man, the mayor of River City, Iowa, denigrates the con artist Harold Hill by labeling him a "spellbinder." But Meredith Willson's entire musical can work a spell on an audience as well. How else to explain why this show won the 1958 Tony Award over the groundbreaking West Side Story? At Cockpit in Court, director Roy Hammond has a fair Harold Hill in actor Ken Kemp, but the production as a whole is more lackluster than spellbinding. The show gets off to a good start with a train full of traveling salesmen chanting the patter number, "Rock Island," in locomotive rhythm.
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October 9, 2007
Music man He performs alone, but Raul Midon can make the sounds of an entire band by himself using his hands, his mouth and a handful of instruments. The New York-based singer-songwriter performs at 8 at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $27.50. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com. FYI Susan Reimer is on vacation. Her column does not appear today.
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