The Music Man

Described on Thursday, Dec 15 and Friday Dec 16, 2016 at 8 pm at the Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond | 604-270-1812 | Map

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Running time is 2 and 1/2 hours, including intermission.

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Described by Eileen Barrett

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. This six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Frank Lacey
Directed by Barbara Tomasic
Musical Direction by Christopher King
Choreography by Suzanne Ouellette

The action takes place in the fictional town of River City, Iowa in 1912.


Professor Harold Hill is a con man and traveling salesman.
Marian Paroo is the town librarian and part-time piano teacher
Marcellus Washburn is Harold’s old friend, no longer a con man, who now lives in River City.
Mayor George Shinn is a pompous local politician; suspicious of Hill.
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn is the mayor’s wife.
Mrs. Paroo is Marian’s Irish mother.
Winthrop Paroo is Marian’s shy, lisping brother.
The School Board is composed of four bickering businessmen.
The Pickalittle Ladies are Eulalie’s four gossipy friends
Tommy Djilas is a young man “from the wrong side of town”; secretly seeing Zaneeta Shinn
Zaneeta Shinn is the mayor’s oldest daughter; secretly seeing Tommy Djilas
Charlie Cowell is an anvil salesman who tries to expose Hill as a con man
Constable Locke is the town sheriff
Amaryllis is Marian’s young piano student


“It’s big, brassy, and a whole lot of fun. This beautifully executed production of The Music Man injects a warm shot of sunshine into our icy December.” –The Georgia Straight


The Music Man Song List
The Music Man Plot Synopsis

A Gateway Theatre production.