BY GEORGE J. DACRE
With great choreography and wonderful costumes, the production of “The Music Man” is full of the great musical’s energy. The production stars Scott Bierko as Professor Harold Hill, who found trouble in River City when he proclaimed that the Indiana town needed a marching band, music, and instruments, then told them he would sell the instruments to the citizens. Directed by John Fanelli and starring dozens of youngsters eager to break into show business, “The Music Man” is the perfect vehicle for the enthusiastic cast that appears on the WBT stage.
They will be performing through July 29 with special Saturday matinees. Bierko and Victoria Lauzon, who plays Marian the librarian, make beautiful music together and are backed up by a very competent orchestra led by keyboard player and conductor Kurt Kelley. The show moves well and builds to the great climax when the band produced by Professor Hill excels on the musical number “76 Trombones.”
A great quartet, coached by Sheldon Becton, play the role of the Buffalo Bills (in the movie) and make a wonderful harmony. The River City Dancers, DJ Folk, Danny Hammond, Jennifer Jonas, Nicole Sartor and Carrie Silvernail are outstanding, as were the Teen Ensemble and the Children’s Ensemble.
“The Music Man” is a fun show. The music, which includes “Till There Was You,” “76 Trombones,” “Lida Rose,” “Gary Indiana,” “Shipoop,” and “Pick-A-Little,” is professionally presented with keyboards, reeds, violin, trombone, and drums, which are performed by the onstage orchestra. The orchestra made last Friday’s press night a great musical evening of theatre. I rate “The Music Man” at Westchester Broadway Theare in Elmsford Three out of Four Stars!
Tickets at 914-592-2222 or broadwaytheatre.com.