Steel River brings ‘The Music Man' to Pottstown

Harold (Tom Wang) and Marian (Naomi Weiss) In Steel River Playhouse's "Music Man." (Photos by John Daggett)

Start your summer with one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, “The Music Man.” When lovable, smooth-talking Harold Hill comes marching into town, you know there’s going to be trouble right here in River City. He promises to teach the town’s children how to play in a magnificent marching band as part of a big con, but falling in love the Marian the Librarian wasn’t part of the deal. When Marion tries to expose him as a swindler, Hill sets out to win her heart and save his hide.

Director Kristin McLaughlin, music director Julie Eurillo, and choreographer Jessica Bostock lead a cast of adults, teens, and children, including Naomi Weiss as Marian, Tom Wang as Harold Hill, Christopher Sperat as Marcellus, Jim Conte as Mayor Shinn, Sue Murphy as Eulalie Shinn, Katie Farnum as Mrs. Paroo, Peter McKenney as Charlie, Dona Pizzo as Zaneeta, Trent Soto as Tommy, Riley Keenan as Amaryllis, and, splitting the role of Winthrop, Nathan Esser and Stephen Eurillo. The barbershop quartet is comprised of Randy Frame, Tom Newmyer, Lee Wesner, and John Williams.

Rounding out the cast are Erika Blue, Kendall Bowden, Jacob Buckwalter, Simon Daum, Hannah Desko, Sharon Eyster, Nancy Kadwill, Maddy Keenan, Christie Lohr, Sue Lowry, Becka Malanios, Christine Maziarz, Theo Okkerse, Carson Palladino, Jason Scansaroli, and Josiah Swenson. Stage management is provided by Madison Devlin and the orchestra is conducted by Barbara Newberry.

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“The Music Man” runs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. from June 5 to June 22 for a total of 12 performances. Tickets are $27 for adults ($24 on Thursdays), $24 for seniors ($21 on Thursdays), $17 for students and children ($15 on Thursdays). For tickets, call 610-970-1199, email boxoffice@steelriver.org, or visit the website, www.steelriver.org. Group discounts are available.

Prior to the performance of “The Music Man” on Friday, June 6, will be Steel River’s third Annual Gala Fundraiser featuring live entertainment and food from more than 24 local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and grocery stores, with tasting tables from Sly Fox Brewery and Manatawny Still Works. The event celebrates the arts in Pottstown and provides funding for the upcoming season. Arts patrons John and Gretchen Lea will be honored at the event.

This wonderful slice of Americana will leave the entire family humming such all-time favorites as “Ya Got Trouble, “Shipoopi,” “Goodnight Ladies,” “Gary, Indiana” and the show-stopping ”Seventy-Six Trombones.” Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, “The Music Man” is a modern classic that’s sure to please all ages!

Steel River Playhouse is located AT 245 E. High St., Pottstown.