|Winthrop,Marion & Music Man|
Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut Street, is presenting a delightfully fresh look at a classic musical, The Music Man on it is main stage through January 6. Known for its excellent staging, Walnut Street Theatre continues it fine tradition with this production. With the deep stage, four recurring scenes are set behind each other and a simple rise of a light curtain brings the audience to a new venue. The choreography of the opening number, “Rock Island”, is timed to perfection. You can almost feel the jerking of the railroad car as you sit in your seat, so realistic are the machinations on stage. Reality doesn’t stop there. A live horse pulls the Wells Fargo Wagon onto the stage as it arrives to bring the musical instruments to River City. There is a fine ensemble cast to belt out the many well-known tunes such as “ Lida Rose”, “Pick A Little”, “Gary Indiana” and the ever popular “Seventy Six Trombones/Till there was you”. The show is high energy from start to finish. There are two teams of 15 children in the cast. The night that I saw the production, Vincent Crocila, who plays Winthrop Paroo, stole the show. For more information or tickets for a wonderful experience,call215-574-3550, 800-982-2787 or visit online at www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.