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THE MUSIC MAN PRESS RELEASE

 

Oradell, NJ, August 20, 2012

Celebrating 80 Years, The Bergen County Players (BCP) presents The Music Man, a musical comedy and treasured piece of theater by Meredith Willson. Under the direction of Larry Landsman, The Music Man will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from September 8th through October 6th, 2012. Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.

Meredith Willson’s musical comedy is one of the most beloved shows in American theater. Its story of how love changes the lives of a fast-talking salesman, a small town librarian, and the good folks of River City, Iowa, is a comedy that has entertained audiences since 1957. As the New York Times has noted, The Music Man is "as American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration." BCP is thrilled to be kicking off its 80th season with this family favorite.

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill (John Ade of New City, NY) who poses as a boys band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo (Katie Weigl of Ridgewood) sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her over.

In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for "Best Original Cast Album" and was number one on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks. The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake.

The Music Man is directed by long-time BCP member Larry Landsman of Wyckoff, who has amassed numerous acting and directing credits with BCP, directing musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Full Monty and Into the Woods and appearing most recently on the BCP stage as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Ivan in Art and Fagin in Oliver! He also served as BCP president for two years.

The talented cast of The Music Man includes: John Ade (New City, NY), Andrew Bacalakis (Hawthorne), Victoria Buchner (Hawthorne), Darren Carfano (Suffern, NY), Janica Carpenter (Old Tappan), Rosella DeVincenzo (Oradell), Brian Eller (Wyckoff), Elisabeth Erdmann (Nutley), Christopher Heffernan (Wyckoff), Gregory Houldsworth (Wyckoff), Neil Kahn (Maywood), Rob Kopil, (Suffern, NY), Oren Korenblum (New York, NY), Justin Landsman (Wyckoff), Kate Larsen (Glen Rock), Arianna Lionetti (Westwood), Nina Lionetti (Westwood), Olivia Lionetti (Westwood), James Lugo (Congers, NY), Larry Marino (Tappan, NY ), Andrea McIlroy (Montvale), Sarah McIlroy (Montvale), Nicholas McRae (Glen Rock), Shari Mendelson (Fort Lee), Emily Mills (Oradell), Tiggy Morley (Ridgewood), Paula O’Brien (Park Ridge), Joseph O’Connor (Fair Lawn), Jeff Peiper (New Milford), Samantha Popek (Garfield), Michael Puglia (Guttenberg), Alan Shearer (New City, NY), Jimmy Vinetti (Bloomfield), Christian Spinella (Rutherford), Jenna Miles Stewart (Hillsdale), Andrew Van Buskirk (Ridgewood), John Weidemann (Montclair), Katie Weigl (Ridgewood), Priscila Zortéa (New York City).

The production team includes Larry Landsman (Director), Steve Bell (Musical Director), Vanessa Garrabrant (Choreographer), Kathie Robitz (Producer), Alyson Cohn (Stage Manager), Paul Reitnauer III (Assistant to the Director), Jennifer Robbins (Assistant to the Producer), Priscila Zortea (Dance Captain), Rob Ward & Chantale Bourdages (Set Design/Construction), Chantale Bourdages (Set Décor), Paul Reitnauer III (Construction Liaison), Ruth Morley (Costume Design), Kathleen Ruland & Bunny Mateosian (Costume Assistants), Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Rob DeScherer (Sound Design), Larry Braverman, Julie Steckler-Kopil & Pat Bain (Properties), Michele Roth (Lighting Operation), Kathleen Ruland (Sound Operation), Brian Eller (Crew Chief), Bellezza Salon & Spa, Dana Robitz (Hair), Helen Boyadjian, Sharon Podsada & Jean Marie Garver (Makeup), Patty Erdmann (Dresser), Jennifer Cottone & Matthew Rofofsky (Publicity), Alan Zenreich & Steve Mintz (Photography), Staci Block (Team Building Coach), Joe Lanteri, Melissa Welz, Jim DeBlasi & Gabe Hernandez (The Music Man Band Project Coordinators), Marci K. Weinstein (Program Notes), Leigh Adel-Arnold & Chris Nelson (Programs), and Jeff Muller (Member-at-Large).

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION

  • All performances of The Music Man take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • Tickets for The Music Man are $22 for all performances, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
  • Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201) 262-0515.
  • As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a "Questions & Artists" (Q&A) discussion following select performances. The Music ManQ&A will kick off immediately following the September 14, 2012 performance. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.
  • Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only.
  • Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.  

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

 

The Bergen County Players, Inc., is a non-Equity, non-profit community theatre company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.

FOR FULL SIZE PRESS PHOTO IMAGES, PLEASE CLICK ON THUMBNAILS BELOW:

 Cast of BCP's production of The Music Man

 Justin Landsman as WINTHROP

 (L to R) John Ade as HAROLD HILL and Katie Weigl as MARIAN PAROO

 


 


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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