The Music Man

The Music Man
There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer.

Concert Selections for The Music Man

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • ENTR'ACTE ("MUSIC MAN")
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    5 min
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 18 Violin, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor, Conductor Score
  • GARY, INDIANA
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 WOMEN, 1 BOY
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    2 min 30 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 17 Violin, 5 Bass, 6 Cello, 3 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Fullscore, 2 PV, 3 Chorus Books
  • GOODNIGHT, MY SOMEONE
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3(Bass clarinet), 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 17 Violin ABC, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Drum set ,Bell), 2 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • IOWA STUBBORN
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS (FEATURED SOLOS)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute2, 1 Clarinet, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 1 Trumpet1, 1Trumpet2, 1 Trumpet3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone3, 3 Percussion, 25 Vocal Books, 1 Full Score
  • LIDA ROSE
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    4 MALE VOICES, 1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    6 min 58 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bass clarinet, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin AB, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Drum set ,Vibes), 5 Vocal quartet, 2 Piano Conductor
  • MARIAN THE LIBRARIAN
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    5 min 40 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute, Piccolo), 1 Flute 2, 2 Oboe(English horn), 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3(Bass clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor Scores
  • MUSIC MAN: SYMPHONIC IMPRESSIONS
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    17 min 13 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Arranged by
    HAYMAN, RICHARD
    Instrumentation
    1 Bassoon 2, 1 Bassoon 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Oboe 1, 1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Horn 4(in F), 1 Horn 3(in F), 1 Horn 2(in F), 1 Horn 1(in F), 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Tuba, 1 Trombone 3, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trumpet 3, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 5 Bass, 6 Cello, 9 Violin 1, 1 Piano, 1 Harp, 3 Percussion, 1 Timpani, 2 PC
  • MY WHITE KNIGHT
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    5 min 4 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 English Horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin ABC, 7 Viola, 6 Cello 1&2, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor
  • OVERTURE ("MUSIC MAN")
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    3 min 30 sec
    Music by
    MEREDITH WILLSON
    Orchestrated by
    DON WALKER
    Instrumentation
    1 English horn, 1 Reed 1(Piccolo), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet 1), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet 2), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet 3), 1 Reed 5(Bass sax), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin ABC, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Drum set ,Cymb, Temple blocks, Xylo), 2 Piano Conductor
  • PICK A LITTLE, TALK A LITTLE
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    FEMALE CHORUS (FEATURED SOLOS)
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    2 min 37 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • SELECTIONS FROM THE MUSIC MAN
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    SYMPHONIC SUITE
    Arranged for
    SATB CHORUS and ORCHESTRA
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    15 min 45 sec
    Music by
    MEREDITH WILLSON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2(Piccolo), 1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon 1, 1 Bassoon 2, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Percussion 1, 1 Percussion 2, 1 Glock, 1 Conductor Score, 25 Chorus books
  • SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    6 min 44 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 2 Clarinet 1, 2 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Oboe, 1 Eng.Horn, 2 Bassoon 2 Trumpet 1 & 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 14 Violin , 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano/Conductor, Flute 2, Violins, 25 Chorus books
  • SHIPOOPI
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    8 min 30 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1 & Piccolo, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1 (Opt. Eb Clarinet), 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3 & Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Opt. Soprano Sax, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • THE MUSIC MAN - SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    3 min 50 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Arranged by
    CABLE, HOWARD
    Instrumentation
    2 Flutes 1&2, 2 Oboes 1&2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass Clarinet (opt), 2 Bassoon 1&2, 1 Tenor Sax (opt), 1 Alto Sax (opt), 2 Horn 1&2, 2 Horn 3&4, 1 Trumpet1, 1 Trumpet2, 1 Trumpet3, 1 Trombone1, 1 Trombone2, 1 Trombone3, 1 Tuba, 9 Violin1, 8 Violin2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Conductor Score
  • TILL THERE WAS YOU
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    4 min 6 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin 1&2, 6 Cello 1&2, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Timp), 3 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus Books
  • WELLS FARGO WAGON
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 35 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute, Piccolo), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet ,Oboe), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet B, clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet or Flute 2), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), Opt.Bass sax, Oboe, Clarinet 3, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin 1&2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano(Conductor score), Vocal, 25 Chorus books
  • YA GOT TROUBLE
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    10 min 50 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 opt Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • YA GOT TROUBLE - REPRISE
    From
    MUSIC MAN, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    2 min 28 sec
    Music by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Lyrics by
    WILLSON, MEREDITH
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 17 Violin, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 2 Piano/Conductor
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December 21, 2015

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My laptop does not have a CD rom to load the Rehearscore Plus software. I was wondering if I can load it onto a flash and then onto my laptop. Or is there another option?
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Can I save rehearscore PLus on a flash drive?
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October 08, 2011

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Does anyone have either:1 . A recording of all of the dance music in the Music Man that actually aligns with the score?or2. A list of what measures in the score align with the music on any of the recordings? I'm having a heck of a time finding the music in the score that matches with what's on various recordings. And the choreographer has choreographed based on certain recordings, so I would rather just find it in the score. Specifically, I mean the Shipoopi, 76 Trombones, Marian Dance, It's You Ballet, Eulalie's Ballet, and the Chase Music.ThanksEmily McDuffee
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Music Man Dance Music
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July 29, 2011

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I am currently working on the concert version of "The Music Man". Has anybody done this version of the show before? What works? What would you do differently? Thanks!
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The Music Man - Concert Version
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September 14, 2010

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Does anyone know how long a performance of The Music Man lasts? If it is over 3 hours, is there a way to cut it down without ruining the show?Thanks :-)
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Length of The Music Man