New Version of ‘The Music Man’ to Premiere in Iowa

By Associated Press

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new version of the classic Broadway musical “The Music Man” will premiere in the Iowa hometown of the show’s creator.

Meredith Willson was born in Mason City and he wrote the book, music and lyrics for the original show.

Officials said during a news conference Wednesday that the show will run Sept. 18-19 at the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

The new version is called “The Music Man-In Concert.” One of the featured players will be Shirley Jones, who starred as Marian the librarian in the movie version. She’ll portray Marian’s mother. Jones’ son Patrick Cassidy will lead the cast as Harold Hill, who brought music to fictional River City and found love there.

The production will feature a cast from New York but be supplemented by local talent.

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