An Inconsistent Show

Theater: ‘The Music Man’
The cast of “The Music Man” performs through Aug. 20 at the Sharon Playhouse. Photo courtesy the Sharon Playhouse

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is a near-perfect musical that is as all-American as apple pie and football. 

Willson was an Iowa musical prodigy. (At only 22, he began a five-year stint as first flute in Arturo Toscanini’s New York Philharmonic.) And it was Iowa and his hometown, Mason City, that he immortalized years later as River City in “The Music Man,” for which he wrote book, music and lyrics, and beat out “West Side Story” for the 1957 Tony Award.

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