Auditions for “The Music Man” at Theatre Bristol are scheduled for March 26, April 2, April 3, and April 4. There will separate audition times for children and adults.
This production will be a bit of a breath of fresh air this season in in the East Tennessee theater scene. Meredith Wilson’s musical, “The Music Man” in set in 1912 and tells the story of a salesman named Harold Hill who travels from town to town. In the show he arrives in River City, Iowa to convince the town to start a boys’ band and buy instruments and uniforms from him.
This Golden Age classic opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York in 1957. The next year, it took home 5 Tony awards of its 9 nominations. The awards included, Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Conductor of a Musical, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.
A movie version of the show premiered in 1962 and then revived on Broadway in 2000.
The show includes easily recognizable songs such as the opening number, “Iowa Stubborn.” This also happens to be the first audition song he ever used.
Another song that everyone will know is “76 Trombones.”
So far in the area a lot of community theaters are directing their seasons toward a more modern era of theater. Many shows this season have been following in the footsteps of some recent Broadway productions such as “13 The Musical,” at the Kingsport Theatre Guild and “Rock of Ages” at the Johnson City Community Theatre.
For the theater-goers eager for a good musical theatre #tbt, this show is a good place to start.
Performance Dates are expected to be in Mid-June.
There are roles available for all ages and is a family-friendly show. Those looking to auditions are not required to prepare a song or monolgue, but prepared pieces are accepted. A movement portion will be included as well.
Links for more information on Theatre Bristol and their auditions: http://theatrebristol.org/audition/
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