Original star set for revival
Shirley Jones returns to the fictional world of River City, Iowa, for a staged concert version of “The Music Man,” produced as a one-week gig by Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts April 22-27.The production, helmed by Philip William McKinley (“The Boy From Oz”), will star Patrick Cassidy, Jones’ son, as Harold Hill, and feature members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra onstage. Bushnell exec director David Fay estimates the production cost at more than $300,000. Jones starred in the film version of “The Music Man” in 1962, playing Marian. For the Hartford show, the 73-year-old thesp will play Marian’s mother.
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