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The Music Man

Aug. 18th, 2009 | 03:57 pm

Ashland, Oregon
at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Harold Hill (Michael Elich) tries to work his magic on Mayor Shinn (Richard Elmore) and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (Linda Alper). Photo by Jenny Graham.Music Man
Book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Story by Meredith Wilson and Frank Lacey

I keep saying that I don't like musicals. When I walked out of The Music Man grinning, humming, and full of "do you remember when Harold Hill..." comments, I thought I was on an unnatural high. 

I was sure that after a day or so, the holes in the melodic fabric would appear, and I would become a happy, jaded nay-sayer again:  "Well, there really is only one song in the whole show, you know."

I assumed that a dramatic, more serious play would jolt me awake as the OSF season wore on.  I would downgrade my five-star reaction to a suitable, sedate 3 or 4, and The Music Man would recede into its proper middle-of-the-pack place in the season's rankings.

But no.  It's been close to two months since I saw the show.  I have now attended all of the plays I bought tickets for and published my reviews.  And, The Music Man is still on top in absolute quality and in first place in my 2009 Season list.
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Okay, I admit it.  Musical or not musical is not the key. 

I like good theater, and sometimes — very, very occasionally — good theater occurs when there is also music on stage.  That's what's happening at OSF's The Music Man.

Ozdachs Rating: 5 Syntaxes out of 5

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