The Music Man: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Music Man tells the story of Harold Hill, a charismatic traveling salesman, who arrives in the small town of River City, Iowa. Posing as a boys’ band organizer, Hill convinces the townspeople to invest in instruments and uniforms for their children, promising to create a magnificent band. However, Hill plans to skip town with the money before he has to fulfill his promise. As Hill becomes more involved with the community, he unexpectedly finds himself developing genuine connections, particularly with the local librarian, Marian Paroo. The Music Man explores themes of love, trust, and the transformative power of music.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1957)

Cast Size: 25+

Genre: Comedy

Setting: 1910s / USA (Iowa)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1957)➝

Original London Cast (1961)➝

Broadway Cast (2000)➝

Broadway Cast (2022)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1950s, Bands, Child RolesClassicComedic, Family-Friendly, Feel-Good, Golden Age, Large Cast, Popular, Solo Composer, Tony Award

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