Norm Lewis Is The Music Man at the Kennedy Center Starting February 6 | Playbill

Regional News Norm Lewis Is The Music Man at the Kennedy Center Starting February 6 The Broadway Center Stage production also features Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Rosie O'Donnell, John Cariani, Veanne Cox, and more.
Norm Lewis and cast Marc J. Franklin
The Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning The Music Man is presented February 6–11 in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Eisenhower Theater. Due to demand, an eighth performance was recently added February 11 at 7 PM.

Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) heads the cast as Harold Hill with Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful) as Marian Paroo, and stage and screen star Rosie O'Donnell as Mrs. Paroo.

Rosie O'Donnell, Norm Lewis, and Jessie Mueller Marc J. Franklin
The semi-staged concert production is directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Chris Bailey and music direction by James Moore.

The cast also features Tony nominee John Cariani (The Band’s Visit, Something Rotten!) as Marcellus Washburn, Tony nominee Veanne Cox (An American in Paris, Company) as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Mark Linn-Baker as Mayor Shinn, Tony nominee David Pittu (The Front Page, Is He Dead?) as Charlie Cowell, Damon Gillespie (Aladdin, Newsies) as Tommy Djilas, Eloise Kropp (Cats, Dames at Sea) as Zaneeta Shinn, Sam Middleton (Les Miserables) as Winthrop Paroo, and Emmy Elizabeth Liu-Wang as Amaryllis.

The ensemble includes Tessa Grady, Arlo Hill, Todd Horman, Denis Lambert, Liz McCartney, Hayley Podschun, Katerina Papacostas, Blakely Slaybaugh, Jimmy Smagula, Ryan Steele, Daryl Tofa, Diana Vaden, and Nicholas Ward.

Completing the creative team are set and projection designer Paul dePoo, costume designer Amy Clark, lighting designer Cory Pattak, and Tony–winning sound designer Kai Harada.

The Tony-winning Best Musical The Music Man, with music, book, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, follows traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize—despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian. The classic score features such standards as “76 Trombones,” “’Till There Was You,” and “Trouble.”

Lewis has been a special guest performer on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway in the Great Northwest. Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise will bring passengers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest from April 26–May 4, 2020. Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers for its sold out cruises: Broadway on the Rhône River 2 April 7–14, 2019, featuring Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marc Kudisch, and Seth Rudetsky, Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9, 2019), and Broadway on the High Seas: The Greek Isles (June 24–July 1, 2019). Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

(Updated February 6, 2019)

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