Music / “Salon at The Street”. Jane Rutter, The Street Theatre, September 21. Reviewed by LEN POWER
EXCITEMENT is mounting across the border with just over a week to go before Queanbeyan Players’ latest production, “The Music Man,” opens at The Q.
With book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, the 1957 musical is an oldie but a goodie, with songs you’ll actually remember after the show.
Set in a fictional town in Iowa, it shows con-man Harold Hill (played by Gordon Nicholson) arriving in River City with a moneymaking scheme that involves setting up a band.
He has his detractors, notably the beautiful but tough librarian Marion Paroo (played by Deanna Gibbs), but as the memorable song “’Til there was you” shows, her scepticism quickly dissipates.
A vibrant young team of Queanbeyan kids got together recently with Gibbs to strut their stuff with the radiant performance at the Railway Museum in Kingston, with an enthusiastic rendition of the show’s most famous song, “76 Trombones”.
As well, Gibbs, from the steps of a train, sang another famous song from the show, which had all speculating that “The Music Man” might prove to be a great hit for The Players.
Meantime publicist extraordinaire Coralie Wood told us that her researches showed that “The Music Man” was one of the best constructed musicals ever. With that, and an all-star cast directed by Joseph McGrail-Bateup, it can hardly fail.