Original Broadway Version (1957)
There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.
STORY: The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Auditioners are expected to sing 16-30 bars of a song. It is not necessary to sing the entire song, about one verse and a chorus is enough. The song should NOT come from The Music Man.
This year, instead of cold reading, auditioners will be expected to recite a monologue from another show or movie. Monologues should be about a minute in length and should come from a source other than The Music Man. Ideas can be found at www.monologuegenie.com or www.stageagent.com.
Charlie Cowell: (male, age 25-45) A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill's schemes. Tirelessly attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
Harold Hill: (male, age 25-45, range: Ab2-F4) Our story's unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
Mayor Shinn: (male 50-60) A blustery politician who is all too "self-important." Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
Ewart Dunlop: (male, age 25-45, range: F3-F5) A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
Oliver Hix:(male, age 25-45, range: B2-F4) A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
Jacey Squires: (male, age 25-45, range:C3-C5) The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
Olin Britt: (male, age 25-45, range: F2-C4) A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
Marcellus Washburn: (male, age 30-40, range: G2-A4) Harold's chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
Tommy Djilas: (male, age 15-20) An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
Marian Paroo: (female, age 20-30, range: A3-A5)The stuff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
Mrs. Paroo: (female, 45-60, range: Ab3-Eb5) Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
Amaryllis: (female, age 8-12, range: C4-E5) A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
Winthrop Paroo: (male, age 8-12, range: C4-Eb5) Marian's baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
Eulalie Shinn: (female, age 40-50, range: D4-D5) Mayor Shinn's peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
Zaneeta Shinn: (female, age 14-18) The Mayor's fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
Alma Hix: (female, age 25-45) A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Oliver Hix.
Maud Dunlop: (female, age 25-45) A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Ewart Dunlop.
Ethel Toffelmier: (female, age 25-45) A comical "Pick-a-Little Lady," and Marcellus Washburn's girlfriend.
Mrs. Squires: (female, age 25-45) A "Pick-a-Little Lady" married to Jacey Squires.
Ensemble: Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople, Traveling Salesmen.