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The Music Man

The Music Man

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: All Ages
DVD Price: $19.99
Review:
It is hard to top Robert Preston and Shirley Jones in the original feature version of the stage musical, but this movie (originally made for broadcast television) sharpens the character edges and the issue of creative repression to bring Meredith Wilson's work into the modern era. The producers behind Chicago did well to hire two contemporary Broadway stars, Matthew Broderick and the heavenly Kristin Chenowith, who seem to have such a grand time singing and dancing that viewers may rely on this disk as a mood pick-me-up for a long time to come. Broderick plays con man "Professor" Harold Hill, who intends to bilk money from the wholesome town of River City with a promise of creating a local band. Along the way, the town's skeptics challenge his efforts, including a lovely music instructor (Chenowith) who falls for the Professor's charms. The DVD extras are thin, but the light story and delightful musical numbers (Broderick sharply interprets "Seventy-Six Trombones" and Chenowith grows angel wings on "Goodnight My Someone) add up to a harmonious experience for all ages.
Gregory Keer   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Gregory Keer is a writer, teacher, and father of three boys. Gregg's web site is www.familymanonline.com

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