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Filichia Features: 76 Trombones and 80 Years

What’s the most famous story concerning THE MUSIC MAN?    That it beat WEST SIDE STORY for the Best Musical Tony?

That it made an A-grade star of B-level movie performer Robert Preston?  Or is it the one that tells what happened midway through Act One on opening night in 1957?

Preston and company were doing this marvelous new song called “76 Trombones.” The audience was so entranced by it that right in the middle plenty of people started rhythmically clapping in unison.

Today, this type of clapping is rather common – because so many performers demand it. We’ve all seen a singer storming down to the footlights, staring at the audience, putting his arms high above his head, clapping loudly in rhythm and nodding as if to say, “Okay — now clap!”

Believe me, Preston didn’t need to do that. The first-nighters at the Majestic Theatre clapped simply because they adored this new catchy song.

Last week at the Bergen County Players in Oradell, New Jersey, the crowd did that 1957 opening night audience one better. Most everyone started clapping in unison four seconds into the show, as soon as the overture reached “76 Trombones.”


Read the full article on the MTI Marquee http://mtiblog.mtishows.com/filichia-features-76-trombones-and-80-years


 


Janica Carpenter as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

Sarah McIlroy as Amaryllis, Elisabeth Erdmann as Zaneeta and Andrew Van Buskirk as Tommy

The cast of Bergen County Players' production of THE MUSIC MAN

John Ade as Harold Hill and Katie Weigl as Marian Paroo

John Ade as Harold Hill and (center) Janica Carpenter as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

Katie Weigl as Marian Paroo and Paula O'Brien as Mrs. Paroo

Janica Carpenter as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn and Rob Kopil as Mayor Shinn

Nina Lionetti as Ethel Toffelmier and Jimmy Vinetti as Marcellus Washburn

Andrew Bacalakis, Michael Puglia, John Weidemann and Larry Marino

John Ade as Harold Hill and Katie Weigl as Marian Paroo

John Ade as Harold Hill and the Pick a Little Ladies

John Ade as Harold Hill and Jimmy Vinetti as Marcellus Washburn

Rob Kopil as Mayor Shinn, Janica Carpenter as Eulalie, Elisabeth Erdmann as Zaneeta and Emily Mills as Gracie

The cast of Bergen County Players' production of THE MUSIC MAN.

John Ade as Harold Hill and Janica Carpenter as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

John Ade as Harold Hill and Katie Weigl as Marian Paroo

The cast of Bergen County Players' production of THE MUSIC MAN.

John Ade as Harold Hill and Paula O'Brien as Mrs. Paroo

John Ade as Harold Hill

Justin Landsman as Winthrop and Paula O'Brien as Mrs. Paroo

John Ade as Harold Hill and Jimmy Vinetti as Marcellus Washburn

John Ade as Harold Hill and Jenna Miles Stewart as Alma Hix

Katie Weigl as Marian Paroo and Paula O'Brien as Mrs. Paroo

The cast of Bergen County Players' production of THE MUSIC MAN. PHOTO: Alan Zenreich

Katie Weigl as Marian, Justin Landsman as Winthrop and Paula O'Brien as Mrs. Paroo

Justin Landsman as Winthrop Paroo

The cast of Bergen County Players' production of THE MUSIC MAN

John Ade (center) as Harold Hill

John Ade (center) as Harold Hill

John Ade (center) as Harold Hill

John Ade (center) as Harold Hill
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