I’ve just rewatched The Music Man for the umpteenth time. I love its story about the redemptive power of love, belief, and the importance of trying new things to break out of habit.
The Marian the Librarian segment is probably my most favorite musical number on film. It’s so odd and inventive and encompassing. Robert Preston is such a virtuoso, and the songs! The opening salesman one, that sounds like a train (apparently called “Rock Island”). The nostalgia of barbershop quartets. The chicken-inspired women in “Pick a Little, Talk a Little”. The rabble-rousing of “Ya Got Trouble (Right Here in River City)”. The nudge-nudge of “Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me”.
Here’s a site that overviews all the Music Man versions with reviews and cast information, and here’s a fascinating explanation of the terms and names referenced in the show and its lyrics.
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