LOGON – The Light Opera Group of the Negev – presents: THE MUSIC MAN
LOGON The Light Opera Group of the Negev presents: THE MUSIC MAN
The show that "stole" the Tony from West Side Story in 1957
With the hits 76 TROMBONES and TILL THERE WAS YOU.
The long-time English-speaking theatre group, LOGON, will this year be presenting THE MUSIC MAN, which it previously performed 17 years ago. Appropriately for a romantic comedy, the show opens on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2018.
THE MUSIC MAN is an effervescent musical comedy for the entire family. It tells the story of Harold Hill, a con-man who arrives in the town of River city, Iowa, hoping to make some money off its citizens. He proposes to found a youth band, selling instruments, costumes and instruction books to the parents, despite his severe lack of musical knowledge. His plan is to take the money and run.
When the skeptical town librarian, Marian Paroo, sees her little brother Winthrop overcoming his social obstacles because of Hill and his band, she falls in love with the scoundrel. Harold also falls in love with Marian and has trouble going through with his plan.
The show, as the name suggests, has many musical numbers, including 76 TROMBONES, TROUBLE and TILL THERE WAS YOU.
"While Israelis may not be familiar with it, this is a very well-known musical in the USA and it has been performed throughout the world by professional and amateur theatres. It is a family show with great music" says Alan Cohen, a long-standing member of LOGON.
It took the writer Meredith Willson, a piccolo player in Tusconini's band, 8 years to write this play. The show won the Tony award for best musical in 1957, beating West Side Story. The song TILL THERE WAS YOU became a hit and was even performed by the Beatles. The show was made into a movie starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones (known as the mother on the TV show The Partridge Family) as Marian. Winthrop was played by a young Ron Howard, who later became famous as Richie on Happy Days and is today a well known movie director. A TV movie was made in 2003 with Matthew Broderick as Harold Hill.
Script, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson.
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.
Director: Ya'acov Amsellem
Musical Director: David Waldmann
Choreography: Rosa Howden
Producer: Patrice Perez
Set Design: Yochi Lewin
Costumes: Melanie Lombard
Cast consists of 37 actors and singers, including 13 children
Starring: Michael Herman as HAROLD HILL and White Feather Netzer as MARIAN PAROO.
The musical will be performed in English with an overhead Hebrew translation.
Nine performances across the country:
All performances start at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday 14.2.18 Small Hall Mishkan Beer Sheva
Monday 19.2.18 Wix Auditorium Rehovot
Thursday 22.2.18 Matnas Ir Yamim Netanya
Monday 26.2.18 Givatayim Theatre
Tuesday 27.2.18 Heichal Hatarbut Modi'in
Monday 5.3.18 Jerusalem Theatre
Wednesday 7.3.18 Kibbutz Yagur nr. Haifa
Tuesday 13.3.18 Yad Labanim Ra'anana
Sunday 18.3.18 Mishkan Beer Sheva
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