The Music Man Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 May 8, 2014 

CONTACT:                                              Randall Hartzog                                                                 

Theatre Memphis, 

Director of Marketing and Communications                                                                       


The Music Man Marches onto Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis   

Memphis, TN – The Music Man, an All-American musical classic, opens June 6, 2014 and runs through June 29, 2014 on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. Professor Harold Hill, descends on River City, Iowa, to con the town into organizing a young people’s band and, along the way, selling them “76 Trombones.”  But he didn’t count on meeting Marian the Librarian, hearing “Till There Was You” and finding the love of a good woman and a gaggle of youngsters to tender his fast-talking, sham artist heart.   Director Amy Hanford returns to Theatre Memphis at the helm of the production and will be supported by Music Director Gary Beard and Choreographer Christi Hall. Also in the production is her husband Rob Hanford as the lead, Professor Hill. This is not the first production director Hanford has utilized her spouse’s skills, but it may be the most trying. “With so much going on with a production this big, I usually can always rely on Rob to bring his natural talents to the table and trust his agility,” she says. “This one is different in that we had to be patient while Rob healed from a broken leg before he could “dance on the scenery.”   The cast includes some well known Memphis actors in prime roles including Emily Chateau as Marian, Steve Swift as the Mayor and a custom-cast barbershop quartet that includes the eclectic group of Doug Hardin, Joe Lackie, Kevin Kenny and Charles Hodges. “Besides being talented performers, I wanted authenticity in every element and the cast and special touches we have been able to add to this show makes it something very special,” Hanford relates. “We’ve incorporated several things that will make this production a standout”   Theatre Memphis Executive Director Debbie Litch sings the praises of this The Music Man production, too, “Ending our 2013-14 season with Amy mounting an upbeat, family-friendly musical really reflects how versatile we are at TM and how we strive to have artistic excellence with every show we do.” Hanford concurs, “I can always count on Theatre Memphis to give me the support I need and help me share my vision..” ###  

 TITLE: The Music Man 

 BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS  BY: Meredith Willson 

 BASED ON A STORY BY: Meredith  Willson and Franklin Lacey 

 DIRECTOR: Amy Hanford 

 VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117 RUN DATES: June 6 - 29, 2014 TIMES OF SHOWS: Wednesday June 25 and Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students with valid ID, $10 children 11 and under BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323 WEB: SPONSORED BY: Deborah Dunklin Tipton and Kitty Cannon & Jim Waller and John & Anne Robilio, Hope House and Georgia Pacifi8   Production photos available 4/22/14.   Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.   Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:    

Posted by Randall Hartzog at 5:48 PM
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