Willson, a Mason City, Iowa, native known for writing the iconic holiday tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” created a dynamic score including such gems as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Trouble,” “Goodnight, My Someone,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “‘Til There Was You.” Baker finds the relatability of the score a great plus in order to understand the nature of the characters, especially considering many were inspired by his own life.
“Meredith Willson really connected with America and American music,” she said. “But I don’t believe he’s saying the world he created is such a simplified way of life that you’re not able to deal with important things that are going on. I think he’s helping us get back to our roots, giving us strength in the things we connect with. This show is so much fun and continues to remind us of the importance of community. We really make a difference in the people we interact with depending on our perspective.”
The principal cast includes Robbie Lindmark as Harold Hill, Rachel Joy Rowland as Marian Paroo, Heather Lange as Mrs. Paroo, Jonathan Kimble as Winthrop Paroo, Stephen De Jong as Mayor Shinn, Katie Gilbert as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Remy James Patterson as Marcellus Washburn, Josie Grooms as Ethel Toffelmier, Connor Tomlin as Zanetta Shinn, William Tomlinson as Tommy Djilas, Nathan Robertson as Charlie Cowell, Ellianna Ferguson as Amaryllis, Kristin Klimek as Gracie Shinn, Andrew Standley, Jeremy Smith, Stephen Gayer, and Josh Graham as The Quartet, and Natalie Reid, Bethany Johnson, Kaleigh Kenney, and Michaela Wade as The Pick-a-Little Ladies.
WANT TO GO?
What: "The Music Man"
Where: DeVries Theatre of the Stevens Student Center at Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville.
When: Feb. 2-12; Feb. 2, 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 3, 4, and 11 at 2 p.m.; Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
More info: (937) 776-7787 or cedarville.edu/ticketinfo