The Music Man | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Music Man Recommended New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 4 2009

Meredith Willson's 1957 Broadway hit, inspired by his upbringing in early-20th-century Iowa, is a canny blend of nostalgia and satire. The story--about a traveling salesman posing as a boys' band leader to peddle instruments and uniforms to small-town rubes--simultaneously honors and spoofs the homespun values of a bygone era while celebrating the power of music to elevate the spirit. Willson's marches, waltzes, rags, and sentimental ballads are played with warmth and precision in Light Opera Works's sturdy revival, and the fine singers do justice to the charming melodies and syncopated rhythms. Larry Adams and Alicia Berneche are particularly good as the con man and the librarian he romances. Berneche's renditions of "My White Knight" and "Till There Was You," are wonderful. --Albert Williams

Price: $29-$85, $47-$87 Wed 12/31

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