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ABOUT TOWN: Musical Con Man Coming to Stoughton

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STOUGHTON'S PARIS CABARET PRESENTS THE MUSIC MAN: In a celebration of Family Classic Americana, The Paris Cabaret/Starline Room Dinner Theatre on Monk St. in Stoughton will present THE MUSIC MAN. 

In a limited engagement of 10 shows, The Music Man will star Gary Poholek of North Attleboro as Professor Harold Hill, Lauren Saracino of Stoughton as Marian Paroo, Brian Kenerson of Middleboro as Marcellus, Colleen McDonough of Stoughton as Mrs. Paroo, Jen Sterling of Brockton as Eulalie Shinn, and James D'Amico of Canton as Mayor Shinn. 

The show opens Saturday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. with additional 6:30 p.m. shows on March 16, 23, 30, April 5 & 6. and 12:30 p.m matinees on March 10,17, 24 & April 7. 

The show is being directed and produced by Paris Kampanelas of Easton, who is the music teacher at the Gibbons Elementary School in Stoughton, with choreography by Ariana Kampanelas also of Easton. 

The scenic design is by Gary Poholek with costume design by Anne-Marie Lambert and Diane Medeiros, both of Stoughton. 

In collaboration with over 35 students from The Starline Academy for the Performing Arts, the show will feature Stoughton natives Kayla and Danica Medeiros, Samantha and Abbie Langmead, Brenda and Hannah Lambert, Brenna and Shayla Shedin, Brendon and Brianna Buckley, Lana D'Addeico, Anthony and Kaeli Piscitello, Rebecca McSweeney, Olivia Hoffman, Heather Cardella, Kendell DaRosa, Michela Winokur,Morgan Hunter, Jessie Maddalena, Katie Gover, Harley Sousa, Kira Bean,Tiara McFarlane and Elke Martin. 

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. 

The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boy marching band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her. 

In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, 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" and was number one on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks. It starred Robert Preston on Broadway and in the Movie.

Memorable songs include "Iowa Stubborn", "Trouble", "Seventy-Six Trombones", "Pick- a Little", "My White Knight", "Wells Fargo Wagon", "Shipoopi", Lida Rose and the classic (covered by the Beatles!), "Till There was You." 

The Paris Cabaret/Starline Room Dinner Theatre is located at 49 Monk St.(off Rt.138) in Stoughton. Cost is $12 PLUS the purchase of yourdinner entree.

Call 781-297-SHOW(7469) for reservations and for more information visit www.StarlineRoom.com.

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Harriet D. Burak March 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Can't wait to see the show. My grandaughters, Samantha and Abbie Langmead are in the cast.

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