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All-American favorite, “The Music Man,” opens Friday

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Crossville – Once again, there’s “Trouble in River City,” and the Cumberland County Playhouse has the cure: its summer production of The Music Man! The critically acclaimed Broadway classic marches onto the Playhouse main stage June 22 through September 1.

Starring audience favorite Britt Hancock as Harold Hill, Meredith Willson’s tribute to small-town America follows the fast-talking traveling salesman as he tries to con the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a town band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! This perennial favorite features an award-winning parade of unforgettable hits like “Till There Was You,” “76 Trombones,” and the show-stopping “Trouble.”

The Music Man is as American as apple pie and fireworks on the Fourth, so mid-summer is a perfect time to bring this great classic back to the Playhouse stage. And we’re thrilled that Britt Hancock has returned to play that lovable scoundrel Harold Hill,” said Jim Crabtree, Playhouse Producing Director.

Britt Hancock has starred in dozens of Playhouse productions including Oklahoma, Chicago, A Little Night Music, Camelot, Into the Woods and Return to the Forbidden Planet. He also co-starred in the national tours of The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone and most recently, Young Frankenstein.

Starring as town librarian Marian Paroo is Lindy Pendzick. Lindy, who opened the 2012 Mainstage season as Maria in The Sound of Music, is well known to local audiences for her performances in Brigadoon, Little Shop of Horrors, and Chicago. She is currently starring alongside her husband Greg in See Rock City. Co-starring with Hancock and Pendzick are Jason Ross and Carol Irvin as Mayor Shinn and his wife Eulalie, Porter Anderson as Hill’s sidekick Marcellus, Lauren Marshall as Mrs. Paroo and Michael Ruff as Hill’s nemesis, Charlie Cowell.

Leila Nelson directs and choreographs this summertime revival of The Music Man. Leila’s choreography has been showcased in Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler On The Roof and All Shook Up! The Music Man is Leila’s Playhouse directorial debut.

The Music Man is rated G for the whole family and is sponsored by Crossville, Inc.

On the Mainstage, the uproarious musical vaudeville/medicine show Cowboys (rated G, sponsored by The Beef & Barrel, The Blind Zebra and Red’s Ale House) plays through mid July. Onstage in the Adventure Theater are See Rock City (rated G, through August 17), and Smoke on the Mountain (rated G, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, through August 10).

Tickets and information are also available for selected concerts at Crossville’s Palace Theater and other events at or by calling (931) 484-5000.  All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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