Juneau-Douglas High School’s theater department will present the Broadway musical “The Music Man,” this weekend and next weekend at the JDHS auditorium.
The Music Man, a popular musical became a Broadway hit 1957, winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. The show’s success led to a film adaptation in 1962 and a 2003 television remake in 2003.
Moore said she picked the show to offer audiences a change from the darker musicals the school has lately been producing.
“I thought it was time for a more lighthearted, colorful musical to help brighten the dark days of Juneau winter. Also, this particular musical has many wonderful comedic roles for many different students of all talents.”
Moore’s daughter, Shanae’a, a long-term student at Juneau Dance Unlimited, choreographed all the dance numbers. Bo Anderson, the new JDHS auditorium manager, designed and built the set, and Julie Dyar designed the costumes for the cast of 45 actors. JDHS new band instructor, John Unzicker, will lead this year’s orchestra, and Rosie Humphrey is this year’s pianist.
Many adult members of the community volunteered to be in the orchestra pit.
The show runs Feb. 11 and 12, and Feb. 25 and 26, at the JDHS auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids,students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at Hearthside Books, at the JAHC or at the door.