‘Music Man’ In Its Final Week At Steel River Playhouse

POTTSTOWN PA – The summer began at Pottstown’s Steel River Playhouse with what its representatives claim to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, “The Music Man.” A winner of 5 Tony Awards including best musical, The Music Man is a modern classic that includes all-time favorite tunes “Ya Got Trouble,” “Shipoopi,” “Goodnight Ladies,” “Gary, Indiana,” and the show-stopping ”Seventy-Six Trombones.”

20140617-MusicMan-SteelRiverLike the summer sun, though, catch it while you can. The show is now in its final week, running Thursday (today, June 19) at 7:30 p.m., Friday (June 20) and Saturday (June 21) at 8 p.m., and Sunday June 22) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults ($24 on Thursdays), $24 for seniors ($21 on Thursdays), and $17 for students and children ($15 on Thursdays). Group discounts are available.

When lovable, smooth-talking Harold Hill comes marching into town, you know there’s going to be trouble right here in River City. He promises to teach the town’s children how to play in a magnificent marching band as part of a big con, but falling in love the Marian the Librarian wasn’t part of the deal. When Marion tries to expose him as a swindler, Hill sets out to win her heart and save his hide.

Director Kristin McLaughlin, music director Julie Eurillo, and choreographer Jessica Bostock lead a cast of adults, teens, and children. They include Naomi Weiss as Marian, Tom Wang as Harold Hill, Christopher Sperat as Marcellus, Jim Conte as Mayor Shinn, Sue Murphy as Eulalie Shinn, Katie Farnum as Mrs. Paroo, Peter McKenney as Charlie, Dona Pizzo as Zaneeta, Trent Soto as Tommy, Riley Keenan as Amaryllis, and, splitting the role of Winthrop, Nathan Esser and Stephen Eurillo.

The barbershop quartet is comprised of Randy Frame, Tom Newmyer, Lee Wesner, and John Williams. Rounding out the cast are Erika Blue, Kendall Bowden, Jacob Buckwalter, Simon Daum, Hannah Desko, Sharon Eyster, Nancy Kadwill, Maddy Keenan, Christie Lohr, Sue Lowry, Becka Malanios, Christine Maziarz, Theo Okkerse, Carson Palladino, Jason Scansaroli, and Josiah Swenson.

Stage management is provided by Madison Devlin and the orchestra is conducted by Barbara Newberry.

The theater is located at 245 High St. For tickets, call 610-970-1199, send an e-mail here,  or visit the playhouse website.

Graphic from Steel River Playhouse