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30 review for The Music Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    The Music Man was one of my favourite musical movies when I was a child, and by the time I was finished this I had the most ear wormy song from it in my head (the Gary, Indiana one) because naturally I thought of the music. It's a fun tale of a con artist who comes to sell a boys band idea to a small town in Indiana, set in 1912. There's romance (Professor Hill is romancing the town librarian who is also the local music teacher to try and distract her from his con, plus there is a youthful roman The Music Man was one of my favourite musical movies when I was a child, and by the time I was finished this I had the most ear wormy song from it in my head (the Gary, Indiana one) because naturally I thought of the music. It's a fun tale of a con artist who comes to sell a boys band idea to a small town in Indiana, set in 1912. There's romance (Professor Hill is romancing the town librarian who is also the local music teacher to try and distract her from his con, plus there is a youthful romance I'll say nothing about so as to not spoil it), mayhem, band instruments and, of course, the wait for the uniforms. If you haven't seen the musical and you like them, I recommend it even if it is a bit old school given that the musical book (was first published in 1958 (the novel form in 1962). Some of Willson's songs from his other musicals have become standards (he wrote "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" for example.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Talia

    This is probably my favorite musical of all time, and as a young teenager, I acquired the movie novelization of this book which was published in 1962. It’s obviously not the top tier of literature, but it’s a neat little way to get some background on the movie and see things from the stage adaption that didn’t carry over to the movie. Plus, Willson gets to flesh out Harold Hill and Marian Paroo a bit more, so that’s nice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    While it is mostly the same as the movie, there are a couple extra little bits and details here and there that made this book a little extra special.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian McCann

    Perfect example of a book musical from the Golden Age.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tegan

    Found this gem at my local library. Complete with photos from the musical film and lyrics to soundtrack songs. Brings back memories! Posture, Ladies! Posture!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    Con artist Harold Hill comes into River City, a small town to sell band uniforms and supposedly train the members of the new band. The problem is that once he’s gotten local parents to shell out for musical instruments, instruction books and uniforms, Hill plans to skip town before anyone finds out he can’t carry a tune. Librarian and music teacher Marian Paroo is the most difficult for Hill to convince. When she sees how her little brother, Winthrop, becomes excited by the prospect of playing in Con artist Harold Hill comes into River City, a small town to sell band uniforms and supposedly train the members of the new band. The problem is that once he’s gotten local parents to shell out for musical instruments, instruction books and uniforms, Hill plans to skip town before anyone finds out he can’t carry a tune. Librarian and music teacher Marian Paroo is the most difficult for Hill to convince. When she sees how her little brother, Winthrop, becomes excited by the prospect of playing in the band, she gives in, even though she has researched Hill's claim to a musical background in Gary, Indiana and knows it's a lie. There are some great songs here and when you're done reading the book, you're going to want to see the movie, starring Robert Preston, who personifies Henry Hill. The Music Man shows us what great musical theatre is all about and I think you'll enjoy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    This is a slice of the lost Americana of the turn of the century with a dash of humor and deception. Fast-talking 'Professor" Harold Hill comes into River City, a small town to sell band uniforms and supposedly train the members of the new band. The problem is that Harold is no musician and plans to make his sales and then skip. The problem is that Hill becomes smitten with Marian, a prim librarian and piano who sees through him. The other problem is that Hill gets personal with the townsfolk an This is a slice of the lost Americana of the turn of the century with a dash of humor and deception. Fast-talking 'Professor" Harold Hill comes into River City, a small town to sell band uniforms and supposedly train the members of the new band. The problem is that Harold is no musician and plans to make his sales and then skip. The problem is that Hill becomes smitten with Marian, a prim librarian and piano who sees through him. The other problem is that Hill gets personal with the townsfolk and becomes a hero to the children, especially Marian's younger brother. The other looming problem is that his scheme is falling apart. Yes, it is schmaltzy but it works.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I love this libretto. That does not mean that I don't see the flaws though. Some scenes are unneeded. Still, great characters, well crafted lyrics, and great climax lend itself to a recommendation from me. I love this libretto. That does not mean that I don't see the flaws though. Some scenes are unneeded. Still, great characters, well crafted lyrics, and great climax lend itself to a recommendation from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm pretty sure my family is mentioned in there! Love this story written by an Iowan from Mason City! I'm pretty sure my family is mentioned in there! Love this story written by an Iowan from Mason City!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miles

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Nora

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Atherton

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Crapol

  16. 4 out of 5

    Therese

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ilana Lupkin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donn Headley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Norman

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zach

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peter J Casey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sabrea

    I hate this show.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mikaylienne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Spanishliz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Decaman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve Spencer (he, him, his)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Daly

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