OSMaD has a developed reputation for tackling the big ones in musical theatre at a professional level standard. Our past 5 shows have been ambitious and challenging. And here we go again. It is hard to imagine a more energetic show than The Music Man.
This show involves the biggest cast we’ve ever had. It is a lively, fast paced, funny, touching, musically rich show with wonderful vigorous dance sequences.
"The Music Man is a marvellous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition ... as American as Apple Pie and a Fourth of July oration"
- New York Times
The Music Man is a multi award winning musical set in small town middle America in the early 1900’s. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her.
In 1957, the show became an instant hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical [outscoring West Side Story], and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for "Best Original Cast Album" and was number one on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks. The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation with Robert Preston and a 2003 film remake with Kristen Chenoweth and Mathew Broderick. The Music Man has only twice been professionally staged in Australia the most recent being The Production Company in 2002.
OSMad has been able to secure the services of a fantastic award winning production team with Richard Perdriau as Director and Ben Hudson as Music Director and Louisa Mitchell as choreographer. Richard Perdriau is the most recent winner of the Lyrebird Award for his Direction [and Set Design] of How to Succeed Without Really Trying. Ben Hudson is a regular on the awards lists and won the MTGV award for best Musical Director for the OSMaD production of Jesus Christ Superstar and the Lyrebird award for Musical Direction for OSMaD’s Sweeney Todd.
The Music Man opens on October 11th at the Geoffrey McComas Theatre Scotch College campus Hawthorn with 8 performances through to October 19th.
|Friday||11th October||7:45 PM|
|Saturday||12th October||7:45 PM|
|Sunday||13th October||2:00 PM|
|Wednesday||16th October||7:45 PM|
|Thursday||17th October||7:45 PM|
|Friday||18th October||7:45 PM|
|Saturday||19th October||2:00 PM|
|Saturday||19th October||7:45 PM|
|Musical Director||Ben Hudson|
|Assistant Musical Director||Greg Smith|
|Lighting Design||Danny Issko and Ben Kocsis|
|Costume Design||Ros Turnley|
|Stage Management||Sam Hornstein|
|Set Design||Richard Perdriau|
The Music Man Cast
|Harold Hill||James Cutler|
|Marian Paroo||Laura Slavin|
|Marcellus Washburn||Timothy Oon|
|Mayor Shinn||Darren Mort|
|Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn||Katie Packer|
|Charlie Cowell||Phil Lambert|
|Mrs Paroo||Wendy Alberni|
|Winthrop Paroo||Ben Jason-Easton|
|Tommy Djilas||Cameron O'Reilly|
|Zaneeta Shinn||Carly Watson|
|Olin Britt||Geordie Worland|
|Ethel Toffelmier||Deana Jacobs|
|Oliver Hix||Tom Goodwin|
|Alma Hix||Penny Valk|
|Ewart Dunlop||Chris Handley|
|Maud Dunlop||Julia Walker|
|Jacey Squires||Damien Calvert|
|Mrs Squires||Nicole Smith|
Adrian Boulton, Duncan Cameron, Katrina Katz, Michelle Sayers, Pam Braithwaite, Patrick O'Halloran, Stephanie Akaoui, Stephanie Jackowski
Jacob Sellenger, Nicola Bird, Phoebe Thompson-Star, Steven Edwards, Tess Rivett
Campbell Phelan, Ella Carton, Fearnley Fitzroy, Genevieve Alexie, Hayden Currie, Isabel Rattray, Jessica Mark, Liam Ayres, Ruby Donnelly, William Thomas