Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more will join Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana for the Transport Group’s concert presentation of The Music Man on August 11. The one-night-only event, helmed by artistic director Jack Cummings III, will play the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
The cast will also feature Jessica Hershberg, Jonathan Hammond, Bob Stillman, Bob Walton, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Richard Costa, Robert Lenzi, Michael Di Liberto, Bob DuSold, Diane Findlay, Jim Fyfe, Jim Hindman, Danette Holden, Tina Johnson and Susan Blair Ross. The 24 member ensemble will include Zach Bencal, Whitney Brandt, Michael-Shane Brewster, Sarah Dacey Charles, Clinton Clark, Vivienne Cleary, Michael De Souza, John Dewey, Tim Dolan, Erika Henningsen, Dylan Jackson, Susan Lehman, Christiana Little, Ivory McKay, Conor McGiffin, Kristen Michelle, Becky Moyes, Molly Nordin, Conor Ryan, Sydney Shepard, Ryan Speakman, Tara Tagliaferro and Maureen Taylor.
The Music Man features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey. It centers on Harold Hill, a traveling con man who poses as a band leader—despite not knowing the first thing about playing an instrument. Marian Paroo, the town librarian, sees through his act, but as the two fall in love, Hill risks being revealed as a fraud. The musical includes such famous songs as "Good Night My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Shipoopi" and "Til There Was You."
Original choreography will be by Jeffry Denman. As previously reported, the cast will also include Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alexandra Silber, Mary Testa, Jill Paice, Heather Mac Rae, Jeffry Denman, Stanley Bahorek, David Greenspan and D.C. Anderson.