Broad­way clas­sic comes to town

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

The­atre Group’s fi­nal show of the year – the Tony Award-win­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal The Mu­sic Man – opens this week­end. Di­rected by Sally Daly and star­ring Alex Dun­das-Tay­lor, The Mu­sic Man tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who trav­els to the small town of River City, Iowa, to start a money-mak­ing scheme. Harold de­cides to con­vince the town it needs a boys’ band – but se­cretly plans to run away with their money once the boys have paid for their in­stru­ments and uni­forms. His scheme moves along per­fectly un­til he falls in love with the town pi­ano player and li­brar­ian, Mar­ian, played by Lauren Lee In­nis. Even though she knows he’s a con man, and tries to pub­licly hu­mil­i­ate him on many oc­ca­sions, Mar­ian can’t help but fall in love with him. Chore­og­ra­pher Christo­pher King has been work­ing on the show for the past three months and says he is look­ing for­ward to open­ing night. ‘‘ The Mu­sic Man has been a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says. ‘‘The pre­view went re­ally smoothly and ev­ery­one seems to be en­joy­ing them­selves, so roll up and book your tick­ets.’’ The show also stars Lauren In­nis-Youren, David James Mor­ris, Phillipa Bowe, Mark Reynolds, Sally Daly, Tif­fany Har­vey, Ian Moore, Lisa Bell and Phil Maas. Been­leigh The­atre Group’s

opens at Crete Street The­atre, Been­leigh, to­mor­row night and plays Fri­days at 7.30pm and Satur­days at 2pm and 7.30pm un­til Novem­ber 10. Tick­ets are $26 to $31. Call 3287 1377 to book.

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