The Kennedy Center


Broadway Center Stage: The Music Man

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - Monday, February 11, 2019


Starring Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell, this American favorite and winner of six Tony Awards® follows traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa. Don't miss this Broadway classic featuring 28 performers and 20 musicians onstage! Broadway Center Stage performances are presented in a semi-staged concert format. 

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Starring Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill, Tony Award® winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful, Carousel) as Marian Paroo, and Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O’Donnell as Mrs. Paroo, this is a semi-staged concert production of the American favorite and six-time Tony Award®–winning musical. Traveling salesman Harold Hill cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize… despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian. Don't miss this Broadway classic featuring a cast of 28 performers and 20 musicians onstage!

The cast includes Tony Award® nominee John Cariani (The Band’s Visit, Something Rotten!) as Marcellus Washburn, Tony Award® nominee Veanne Cox (An American in Paris, Company) as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Mark Linn-Baker (On the Twentieth Century, You Can't Take It with You) as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award® nominee and Drama Desk winner David Pittu (The Front Page, Is He Dead?) as Charlie Cowell, Damon Gillespie (Aladdin, Newsies) as Tommy Djilas, Eloise Kropp (Cats, Dames at Sea) as Zaneeta Shinn, Sam Middleton (Les Miserables) as Winthrop Paroo, and Emmy Elizabeth Liu-Wang as Amaryllis. The cast features Tessa Grady, Arlo Hill, Todd Horman, Denis Lambert, Liz McCartney, Hayley Podschun, Katerina Papacostas, Blakely Slaybaugh, Jimmy Smagula, Ryan Steele, Daryl Tofa, Diana Vaden, and Nicholas Ward

Recommended for age 7 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson
Directed by Marc Bruni
Choreographed by Chris Bailey
Musical direction by James Moore
Set and projection design by Paul DePoo
Costume design by Amy Clark
Lighting design by Cory Pattak
Sound design by Kai Harada 

Please note: Broadway Center Stage performances are presented as semi-staged concerts. The actors may carry scripts. 

More about Broadway Center Stage
After sell-out performances of our inaugural season, celebrate more of your favorite musicals with the return of our new hit series, presented exclusively in our nation’s capital! In a semi-staged concert format and featuring starry casts direct from Broadway, these productions showcase great musicals Center Stage.

Watch and Listen

A Look-In at Norm Lewis and Jessie Mueller In Rehearsal for "The Music Man”