Our revolutionary retelling of this Golden Age classic is sure to be the talk of the DMV - and beyond. With a cast and creative team of Deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing artists, you'll experience beloved songs like "76 Trombones". "Til There Was You", and "Rock Island" like never before. The citizens of River City have got trouble. Only, Harold Hill has them convinced it lies in their pool halls. His solution: a marching band, and he just happens to sell instruments and uniforms. It's all part of his latest con job. Everyone in town seems to be falling for it, except Marian. The catch is, Harold may be falling for her.
All performances of The Music Man are performed in ASL and Spoken English and are open captioned.
Featuring James Caverly (Only Murders in the Building) as Professor Harold Hill and Adelina Mitchell (A.D. 16) as Marian.
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Direction of Artistic Sign Language by
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Music Direction by
Co- Directed by
Michael Baron and Sandra Mae Frank
Our Harold Hill is James Caverly, a Deaf actor with deep ties to our region and the person who first suggested the production of The Music Man to Olney Theatre's Artistic Director, Jason Loewith while working a side-gig as a carpenter in the scene shop. In the years since he first proposed the project, James has seen his star rise with featured roles on Chicago Med and most recently Only Murders in the Building. Read about how James collaborated with the writers of Only Murders... to create "The Boy From 6B," an episode of the series focusing on his character's perspective which consisted of almost no dialogue.
You may recognize Sandra Mae Frank from Super Bowl LVI where she performed the sign interpretation for the Star-Spangled Banner and the halftime show. Or you may know her as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder on the hit tv series New Amsterdam. Or you may remember her as Wendla in Deaf West's Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Now she's co-directing our production of The Music Man with her friend and collaborator, Michael Baron. You can read more about Sandra Mae and her career, in this profile from the New York Post.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Eugene B. Casey Foundation
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Health and Safety
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Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test is no longer required for performances at the Mainstage, the 1938 Original Theatre or the Root Family Stage.
Patrons are required to wear masks in performance spaces regardless of vaccination status at all times. Masks are not required while consuming concessions in lobby areas only. No food or drink is allowed in the theatre.
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