The Music Man

Musical - Original

Majestic Theatre (December 19, 1957 - October 22, 1960)
Broadway Theatre (October 24, 1960 - April 15, 1961)
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  • Opening Date: December 19, 1957
  • Closing Date: April 15, 1961
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 1375

Lyrics: Meredith Willson

Book: Meredith Willson

Music: Meredith Willson


Con man Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa, intending to sell the town and its children on a fake marching-band system and then skip town — until he falls for the local librarian.


Opening Night Cast

Robert Preston in The Music Man Robert Preston Harold Hill
David Burns Mayor Shinn
Barbara Cook in The Music Man Barbara Cook Marian Paroo
Pert Kelton Mrs. Paroo
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Opening Night Production Credits

Meredith Willson Meredith Willson Book
Meredith Willson Meredith Willson Music
Meredith Willson Meredith Willson Lyrics
  Morton Da Costa Staging
  Onna White Choreographer
  Howard Bay Scenic Design
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Best Musical Meredith Willson Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Outstanding Musical   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Theatre World Award Eddie Hodges Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Actor in a Musical Robert Preston Winner
1958 Choreography Onna White Nominee
1958 Conductor and Musical Director Herbert Greene Winner
1958 Direction (pre-1960) Morton Da Costa Nominee
1958 Featured Actor in a Musical Iggie Wolfington Nominee
1958 Featured Actor in a Musical David Burns Winner
1958 Featured Actress in a Musical Barbara Cook Winner
1958 Musical   Winner
1959 Stage Technician Sammy Knapp Winner
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