RED BANK – Phoenix Productions will present the hit Broadway classic The Music Man for two weekends beginning July 12 at Count Basie Theatre.
The cast of 50 is headed by Phoenix veteran Joe Caruso, who stars as the charismatic con-man Harold Hill. Phoenix newcomer Caitlin Alongi plays opposite as the charming and curious librarian, Marian Paroo. The cast is mixed in experience and age – members who have been in the Phoenix family for more than 25 years work alongside members as young as 4 years old.
Produced by Andrea Zawadzky, directed by Joe Stefanelli, musically directed by Andrew Macirowski and choreographed by Kelly Gemellaro, The Music Man promises to be a colorful musical experience chock-full of wholesome family fun.
The Music Man with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, first came to Broadway in 1957. The story follows con-man Harold Hill, who travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. His plan to convince the town that they need a boysʼ band so he can run away with their money is threatened by the town’s piano teacher, Marian, with whom he falls in love with. Musical numbers include “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”
Performances will be at 8 p.m. July 12-13, 19-20 and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14 and July 21. Tickets can be purchased through the Count Basie box office at 732-842-9000 or online at countbasietheatre.org.
Phoenix Productions is a nonprofit community theater organization devoted to making high quality theater accessible and affordable. It has been putting smiles on the faces of theater lovers from New Jersey and beyond for more than 25 years. Performances at the Count Basie Theatre are equipped with full-scale sets, costumes, lights and orchestras. Phoenix has become known as “Broadway In the ‘Burbs.”
More information is available at www.phoenixredbank.com.