About The Show
“Enriched by time and all the more treasured.” – The New York Times
The Music Man was the sensation of Broadway when it opened in 1957 and scored six Tony® Awards including Best Musical (beating out West Side Story). Sixty years later it’s still an American institution with its one-of-a-kind score including rousing marches (“Seventy-Six Trombones”), soaring ballads (“Till There Was You”), and Willson’s famous snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony® Award-nominated director (Newsies) Jeff Calhoun returns to helm the production and award-winning actor, dancer and choreographer Noah Racey (Pulse) returns to dazzle in the role of Harold Hill.
NOAH RACEY – ACTOR
(Harold Hill, The Music Man) is delighted to return to Asolo Rep! Last seen in the world premiere of Noah Racey’s Pulse, directed by Jeff Calhoun, and Asolo Rep’s critically acclaimed version of Show Boat (Choreographer). Broadway: Michael Moore’s The Terms of my Surrender (Choreographer); Curtains; Never Gonna Dance; Thoroughly Modern Millie (original cast, associate choreographer); Follies. Regional credits include: Arizona Theatre Company (world premiere Holmes & Watson); Signature Theatre (Roadshow); Geva Theatre (The Odd Couple). Noah’s latest work The Noah Racey Project, premiered in NY at Symphony Space – written and performed by Noah, directed by Dick Scanlan. Noah’s an assistant professor at Colorado State University, heading their brand new musical theatre program.
JEFF CALHOUN – DIRECTOR
Season #3 (Director, The Music Man) Asolo Rep: Bonnie & Clyde and Noah Racey’s Pulse. Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (Tony Award Nomination for Best Director), Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West’s Big River (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Musical), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease (Tony Award Nomination for Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite, and The Will Rogers Follies. On tour and internationally, Jeff directed Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical and Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2. Upcoming: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical on London’s West End. Jeff is an associate artist at The Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International, a non-for-profit helping homeless youth in thirty cities across six countries. @thejeffcalhoun.