For the first time in almost a decade, Cain Park's Evans Amphitheater will be filled with the glorious music of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" in a concert version on Aug. 5 and 6, featuring Liza Grossman and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and directed by Joanna May Hunkins with music direction by Jordan Cooper.
Two residents of the Stow community are set to showcase their talents on the Evans Amphitheater stage for "The Music Man in Concert." Playing the fast talking anvil salesman, Charlie Cowell, is Jim Bray and singing in the Ensemble is Ryan Michaels.
Performances are 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Bill Rudman of The Musical Theater Project will do a pre-show talk on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. for ticket holders.
Tickets are $50 Gold Circle, $30 reserved in advance; $53/$32 day of show. Youth 13 & under tickets in advance are $25 Gold Circle and $15 reserved; $27/17 day of show. Children sitting on laps have free admission. No lawn seating is available for these concerts. Tickets are on sale at Cain Park at 216-371-3000 and Ticketmaster.
"The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end of the night.
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, "The Music Man" is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Cain Park's production features Liza Grossman and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra performing the music on the stage of the Evans Amphitheater while the actors stand in front of the orchestra singing the timeless classics such as "Good Night My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "My White Knight," and "Till There Was You."
The cast stars Eric Fancher as Harold Hill and Nicole Sumlin as Marian the librarian with Easton Sumlin (Winthrop), Calista Zajac (Amaryllis), Nan Golz (Mrs. Paroo), Jeanne Task (Mrs. Shinn), Sun-Hee Smith (Gracie Shinn), Chris Richards (Marcellus), Frank Ivancic (Tommy Djilas), Constable/Conductor (Jon M. Fancher), Jim Bray (Carlie Cowell), Grace Hunt (Zaneeta), Kate Michalski (Alma Hix), Corlesia Smith (Maud Dunlop), Julie Sabroff (Mrs. Squires), Sarah Clare (Ethel Toffelmeir) and The Cornerstone Quartet (Fred Locker, Chris Foisy, Mike Sabo, David Hipp) as the River City School Board Quartet.
The ensemble features couples and families from around the Greater Cleveland area: Anna Barrett, Jeffrey Bendix, Joan Bendix, Stephen Bundy, Nicolas Bustamante, David Cooper, Deborath Cooper, Lexi Cowan, Mary DeNunzio, Kennedy Ellis, Courtney Foerg, Trey Gilpin, Jade Gladue, Johnathon L. Jackson, Lily Kerr-Jung, Rose Leininger, Gabriel Mallamad, Lili Evangelina Miller, Ryan C. Miller, Shawn Miller, Luca Mokotoff, Sienna Mokotoff, Brian Mueller, Elisha Mueller, Keegan Polatz, Connor Logan Reese, Will Sanborn, Olivia Sislo, Matthew Smetana, Nick Sobotka, Jake Spencer, Sam Spencer, Kathleen Sullivan, August Sumlin, Rosie Tilk, Cecilia Willetts, Cordelia Willetts, Grace Willmott, Robin Woods, and Hannah Woodside.
Cain Park, a municipally owned and operated summer performing arts park and one of the nation's oldest landmark outdoors entering its 79th season in 2017, is produced by the City of Cleveland Heights and is located on Superior Road between Lee and South Taylor roads.