The Music Man (2003)
From executive producers of the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago comes a fresh interpretation of an all-time classic. Featuring some of the most beloved songs in history, “The Music Man” “is impossible to resist,” raves TV Guide. Con-man “Professor” Harold Hill (Tony Award Winner Matthew Broderick) arrives in River City, Iowa, promising that he can teach the small town’s children how to play in a magnificent marching band. It’s all part of a big swindle, but falling in love with the town librarian (Kristin Chenoweth) wasn’t part of the deal. Also starring Victor Barber and Molly Shannon, “The Music Man” is an irresistible production the whole family will enjoy.
“The Music Man” is a classic. I remember when it first came out with Robert Preston playing the lead of Harold Hill, and then in a High School production, I played Winthrop. So, I have fond memories of this musical. I was very pleased with this fresh interpretation. Matthew Broderick plays a very understated, but yet hypnotic Harold Hill. He manipulates the town folk of River City with ease, but then falls victim of the charms of the local librarian. I really enjoyed watching this version and found myself singing along to all the classic songs.
There are bonus materials in the DVD like a behind-the-scenes making of a musical and a special exclusive performance of “Till There Was You.”
Also, this is the first time I have actually liked a performance by Molly Shannon. Normally I find her overacting and childish antics a real turn-off. But in this film, as the mayor’s wife, I think she does a fine job.