The Broadway revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, recently nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, has announced a standing room policy.
A limited number of standing room tickets, priced $76—a nod to Willson's show-stopping "76 Trombones"—will be available for every performance beginning May 17. The tickets, subject to availability, may be purchased at the Winter Garden Theatre box office beginning two hours before performances; there is a limit of two tickets per customer.
The Music Man is also making available 10,000 tickets at $20 each to New York City students, their families, and their teachers to help foster an appreciation for the arts. This effort is built around partnerships with the New York City Department of Education and a dozen local youth non-profits, including Artists Striving to End Poverty, Art Start, Arts for All, Arthur Miller Foundation, On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program, Young People's Chorus of NYC, Education Through Music, Rosie's Theatre Kids, R Evolucion Latina, and Broadway Bridges.
Directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, the cast is headed by Tony winners (and 2022 Tony nominees) Hugh Jackman as Prof. Harold Hill and Sutton Foster as Marion Paroo.
The Music Man also stars Tony winners Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, plus Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, and Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn, Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop, Kayla Teruel as Amaryllis, Garrett Long as Ethel Toffelmier, Linda Mugleston as Alma Hix, Jessica Sheridan as Maud Dunlop, Rema Webb as Mrs. Squires, Phillip Boykin as Olin Britt, Eddie Korbich as Jacey Squires, Daniel Torres as Ewart Dunlop, Nicholas Ward as Oliver Hix, Lance Roberts as Constable Locke, and Max Clayton as standby for Harold Hill.
Nick Alvino, Jordan Beall, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Maria Briggs, Audrey Cardwell, JT Church, Kammie Crum, Aydin Eyikan, Carlee Flanagan, Ethen Green-Younger, Emily Hoder, Curtis Holland, Eloise Kropp, Ethan Lafazan, Kayla LaVine, Andrew Minard, Sean Montgomery, Tanner Quirk, Daniel Patrick Russell, Ann Sanders, Sherisse Springer, Mitchell Tobin, Kathy Voytko, Branch Woodman, and Ryan Worsing round out the ensemble.
The Music Man, which features a book, music, and lyrics by Willson, tells the story of what happens when con artist Harold Hill arrives in River City and falls in love with the straight-laced librarian, Marian. It first opened on Broadway December 19, 1957, at the Majestic Theatre. A 2000 revival played the Neil Simon Theatre.
The production also features sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, sound design by Scott Lehrer, lighting by Brian MacDevitt, vocal and dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and music direction by Patrick Vaccariello.