The Footlight Club’s newest production, “The Music Man,” features a fast-talking salesman who gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. The Tony-award winning musical comedy is fun for the whole family and opens Nov. 4th.
The musical is about con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys band leader and organizer, selling instruments and uniforms to Iowa townsfolk. Hill promises to train all the musicians, but he really plans on skipping town without giving any lessons. But after he helps a librarian his plans get muddled by falling in love.
“The Music Man” cast includes several Jamaica Plain residents including Frances Price, who is originally from Australia and has been involved with The Footlight Club since 2010. Price plays Mrs. Paroo and enjoys being in the play for many reasons, including having a cast that is like family to her with her family be so far away in Australia.
Originally on Broadway in 1958, “The Music Man,” won six Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Musical for Barbara Cook, Best Actor in a Musical for Robert Preston and Best Musical.
The production is directed by Vincent Ratsavong and David Wright is the music director.
“The Music Man” opens Nov. 4th and runs for eight shows through Nov. 18th. Performances are at 8 pm on November 4, 10-11, 17- 18; with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on November 5, 12 and 18. Tickets are $28/$25 for students, seniors, and members and are available through the box office or at www.footlight.org
The Footlight Club is located at 7A Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain. The Footlight Club is America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Community Theater. Currently in its 141st Season.