The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck has launched their new year by hosting the Tony Award winning classic musical, “The Music Man.” As a cult classic for years, “The Music Man” serves as a dazzling reverence to the bygone era.
The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, on his arrival to the quaint town of River City, Iowa. Not knowing a trombone from a treble clef, Hill cons the town into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he plans to organize. His plans are hindered when he falls for Marian, the animated librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
The fast-talking salesman is being played by Chris Gilbert, and Hill’s skeptical yet spirited librarian is played by Amy LeBlanc. The other cast members include: Jacob Anspach (Tommy Djilas), Darcy Boynton (Zaneeta Shinn), Andy Crispell (Mayor Shinn), Elaine del Rio (Mrs. Shinn), Jamison Fountain (Winthrop Paroo), Cindy Kubik (Mrs. Paroo), and Thomas Netter (Marcellus Washburn). The ensemble is rounded by 37 other actors, singers, and dancers who bring the River City to life.
“The Music Man” marks director Michael Berkeley’s return to the center since his completion of writing, composing and directing his own musical, “Rip! The Musical,” in July. Lori Belter serves as both Berkeley’s assistant and choreographer for the production. After lending their musical direction talents to the classic “Carousel,” Paul & JoAnne Schubert have returned as well. Scenic design is overseen by Bill Ross (Jekyll & Hyde), and costume design by Grace Obee (Othello).
You can catch the show Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. until Jan. 31st. There will be a special matinee showing on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, at 3 p.m.
Prices: adults $27; seniors/children $25. Saturday Matinee is at a special rate of $22. Tickets can be purchased by visiting centerforperformingarts.org or calling the box office at 876-3080.
The center is a non-profit arts and education organization, located at 661 Route 308, three miles east of the village center in Rhinebeck.