And so we continue along with the fourth part of our six-part festival of the 2000 Broadway revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker. And once again, we have an extended nine-minute scene from the show, live in performance. And better still, it's one of the climactic scenes in the show, the classic Footbridge Scene, where Harold Hill goes into the "close the deal" with Miss Marian, and she ends up throwing him for a loop.
The sound isn't great here, you'll probably have to turn up the volume, but you'll hear pretty well, and the scene is far too good for three reasons to pass it up.
First, this includes a great deal of dialogue, so it's a treat to see Bierko and Luker acting together, and not just singing. Second, this recording happens to take place during Craig Bierko's final performance in the show, in May, 2001. And third...well, it includes Rebecca Luker's soaring performance of "Till There Was You" -- and the famous moment when the songs "Goodnight My Someone" and "76 Trombones" (which have the same tune) overlap, which Meredith Willson explained was to show the connection between the two characters.
So, crank up the follow and sit back and revel...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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