The Music Man

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

Studio Cast (1959)
Meredith Willson, Rini Willson
Studio Cast (9999)
Julie Andrews, Thomas Lang, Cynthia Pells, Robert Dugan, Mary Marion
Studio Cast (9999)
Gordon Goodman, Chuck Nelson, Jeanne Steel, Patti Beams, Eleanor Forgione
Studio Cast (9999)
Janet Waters, Bryan Johnson (i), Mike Sammes Singers
Studio Cast (9999)
Tom Head, Helen Carroll, Helen Ferrel, Harry Harlan, Hildy

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

From a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey


Travelling con man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Marian the librarian doesn't buy the professor's line but he convinces many of his other potential customers that the new pool table that has just been placed in the billiard parlor could mean "trouble in River City." Things go awry when he falls for her.

Trivia & History

Legendary producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin initiated the project in 1951. Frank Loesser continued to encourage Meredith Willson, even after the producers left. It has sometimes been reported that Loesser wrote "My White Knight" when Willson couldn't come up with the right song for the spot, but Barbara Cook has stated that the song was by Willson. In addition, the song was originally intended to be sung in counterpoint with "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl," and it does work that way (and has been recorded that way). This seems to have been so carefully planned out that it really does seem unlikely that Loesser supplied it as a late replacement for a song that wasn't working.

Alternate Titles

  • The Silver Triangle (Early title)

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