It will run beginning at 8 p.m. Friday through Oct. 3 at the Strand Theatre in the Marietta Square. Tickets cost between $30 and $45, with discounts for seniors, students, groups and season tickets. For tickets, call (404) 377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.
"Audiences should expect to see a classic gem of American musical theater, with several very recognizable songs like 'Till There Was You,' '76 Trombones' and 'Shipoopi,'" said Glenn Rainey, stage director, who also appears in the cast as Marcellus Washburn, a friend of the Music Man.
What makes this production so special, Rainey said, is that it features virtually all local talent. There are 27 cast members.
"Almost all of us live in or around Atlanta and many of us live in Marietta/Cobb County," said Alan Kilpatrick.
"Patrons are truly supporting local artists when they attend a Lyric production."
Kilpatrick, a veteran Marietta actor, will play the role of fast-talking, traveling salesman Harold Hill, also known as the Music Man. It's the first time he has played the character. Kilpatrick has appeared in the Lyric's "The Will Rogers Follies" and "Hairspray" performances.
"The Music Man" marks the fourth collaboration between Kilpatrick and Rainey. They've previously worked together in Lyric's productions of " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "Hairspray."
The musical's plot centers around the character Harold Hill, who makes a living by tricking regular town folks into buying band supplies before he flees town with their money. However, in River City he runs into Marian Paroo, who sees right through the con man. But the pair eventually fall in love as the rest of the town becomes suspicious of the Music Man.
The Lyric's production will also introduce Atlanta newcomer Emily Stokes as the strong-minded, romantic Marian. Stokes recently completed her masters of music at Indiana University in Bloomington.
"The Music Man" won four other Tonys and the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best musical, and ran for almost 1,400 performances on Broadway. Since 1957, the show has enjoyed two Broadway revivals and numerous productions around the world.
what: The Atlanta Lyric Theatre will kick off its 31st season with its own version of the hit Broadway musical “The Music Man”
When: Sept. 17-Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square
Cost: $30-$45, with discounts for seniors,students, groups and season tickets
Contact: Call (404) 377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com