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Middletown Transcript
  • "The Music Man" marches onto The Everett Theatre stage this weekend

  • The Broadway musical and film favorite opens tonight, May 9, at The Everett Theatre, 47 W. Main St., and continues May 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18.
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  • There’s trouble in River City, and that means fun for audiences in Middletown.
    “The Music Man,” the Broadway musical and film favorite, opens tonight at The Everett Theatre, 47 W. Main St., and continues through next weekend. Showtimes are Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m., Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
    Christopher Everett, who co-directs the production with Mary Spacht, said “The Music Man” appeals to all ages.
    “It’s one of the great classics, a standard of musical theater,” said Everett. “It’s a family show with a large cast, and our largest set of the season. I’m really excited about it.”
    The show tells the story of con man Harold Hill’s attempt to swindle the townspeople of River City, Iowa. He convinces them that a new pool table at a local store is the beginning of the moral decline of the boys in town, but a marching band is just the thing that’s needed to keep the youngsters on the straight and narrow. He offers to to equip and train the marching band, but then plans to skip town with the money since he has no musical skills. However, Marian Paroo, the town librarian, is suspicious of Hill’s motives despite his ability to hoodwink almost everyone else.
    Jon Dalecki of Wilmington plays the lead role of Harold Hill, and he said the opportunity is one he’s looking forward to.
    “It’s a chance to sing so many iconic songs, songs that have stood the test of time,” said Dalecki. “To be able to be a little part of the legacy of the actors who have played Harold Hill is an honor.”
    For Stephanie Bailey, landing the role of Marian Paroo was an exciting moment.
    “Marian has been a dream role for me for a very long time,” said Bailey, who’s from Bear. “Her character is very strong-willed and it’s similar to my personality.”
    Bailey said the songs she gets to sing are special to her.
    “They’re very emotional. They come from a place of vulnerability for Marian,” said Bailey. “They’re simple melodies, but they’re very beautiful.”
    Tickets for the show are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, and are available at the door and on the website, EverettTheatre.com.
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