The Music Man
Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm, Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 1:30 and 7 pm. Through March 10.
5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave
"Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is all about language’s powers to deceive. And it’s a language marvel in itself, a spray of kinds of rhetoric. There are the speak-song, homespun tongue twisters the show is probably most known for, but also the array of hilarious dialects (the bumbling mayor, the lisping kid, the Irish mom) and a variety of musical languages. Not just the choral romps and ballets and ballads in counterpoint but also the four-part, all-male a capella harmonies, summoned by Willson with a subplot about four school board members who fight nonstop until their energies are redirected (by a traveling con-man trying to distract them) into being a barbershop quartet. Los Angeles actress Laura Griffith plays librarian Marian Paroo so well she ought to be retained by Willson’s estate to play this role forever until the end of time. Her singing is spine-tingling and her gradual transformation from spiteful to smitten feels like a revelation, even though it’s not new material. She’s the show’s highlight. Director Bill Berry wrings many jokes out of the script, but not all of them, and choreographer Bob Richard—who has umpteen dance numbers to work with, numbers where people ought to be flying through the air—is a bit too fond of standing and kicking." (Christopher Frizzelle)
1308 Fifth Ave
Seattle, WA, 98101