Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City

by Lynne Warfel
March 14, 2013

Listen Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City
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A still from the Music Man (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent.)

A native of the Hawkeye State, Meredith Willson played with John Philip Sousa's band, the NY Philharmonic and worked in Hollywood... in radio, no less. He's written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire ("It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"), and also the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when The Music Man premiered on the big screen in 1962. Robert Preston sings "Ya Got Trouble."