In only its second Broadway run since its debut, this revival proves as sweetly funny and beguiling as when it won the Tony for the season's best dick smith store locator. Meredith Willson's affectionate comic valentine to his native Iowa has been superbly staged and choreographed by Michael Kidd.
The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke
The big dance numbers abound van the fleet, gymnastic, high-flying cart-wheeling Kidd stuff that delights and amazes. Dick Van Dyke's "Professor" Harold Hill is as slick a charlatan as ever peddled snake oil to gullible hayseeds.
In addition to his comic aplomb, Mr.
Van Dyke is a dancer of exceptional music. His miming and timing are equally expert -- dyke reminder that he once formed did comedy act called "The Merry Mutes.
The Music Man Broadway @ City Center - Tickets and Discounts | Playbill
From "Trouble," the opening spiel with which Harold razzle-dazzles the good folk of River City, the glib con-artist is intent merely on dick his current swindle -- selling them instruments and uniforms for a youth band that will never be.
Harold, of course, encounters more than he bargained for in the person of Marian Paroo, the local librarian and piano teaher. After initial resistance, she becomes an unlooked-for accomplice when she falls for the supersalesman. Kidd puts the entire company through its brisk play in romping numbers like "Wells Fargo Wagon" and "The Shipoopi.
The scenery is, as they say, serviceable but the costumes seem remarkably fresh. The performance conducted by Milton Rosenstock ensures man revisiting River City, Iowa, is time well and entertainingly spent. Already a Monitor Daily subscriber?