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Our exuberant 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.
Featuring James Caverly (Only Murders in the Building) as Professor Harold Hill and Adelina Mitchell (A.D. 16) as Marian.
Important Content Guidance
The Music Man is a family-friendly show and its content is suitable for all ages. However, parents should be aware that Olney Theatre's bilingual production of The Music Man is performed in American Sign Language with English supertitles. The songs are performed in English with ASL and English supertitles. The dialogue is performed in ASL with English supertitles. The ability to read the supertitles, either projected or via the GalaPro app, is an essential part of the experience for hearing audiences.
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Director of Artistic Sign Language
Michael Baron and Sandra Mae Frank
Scenic Designer Ethan Sinnott
Costume Designer Rosemary Pardee
Lighting Designer Jesse Belsky
Sound Designer Matt Rowe
Projections Designer Sean Preston
Production Stage Manager Ben Walsh
Featured: PBS NewsHour
"...Caverly’s Hill is so raffishly charming it’s no wonder River City falls for his racket."- The Washington Post
- Review: "This ‘Music Man’ wins us over in sign language" - The Washington Post
- Feature: "Deaf cast challenges musical theater norms in production of ‘The Music Man’" - PBS NewsHour
- Feature: "Olney Theatre reimagines ‘The Music Man’ with a deaf Harold Hill" - The Washington Post
- Interview: "Deaf actor stars in Olney Theatre Center’s deaf/hearing hybrid take on ‘The Music Man’" - WTOP
- Review: "A powerful and moving ‘Music Man’ comes to Olney Theatre Center" - DC Theater Arts
- Review: "‘The Music Man’ at Olney Theatre Center" - MD Theatre Guide
- Review: "'The Music Man' at Olney Theatre Center'" - Talkin' Broadway
Matthew AugustTommy Djilas/Others
Florrie BagelEthel Toffelmier/Others/Marian Cover
Heather Marie BeckAlma Hix/Others
James CaverlyHarold Hill
Jane G. EnaboreSwing
Jay FrisbyCharlie Cowell/Jacey Squires/Others
Amelia HensleyEulalie Mackeknie Shinn/Others
Gregor LopesOlin Britt/Others
Adelina MitchellMarian Paroo
Andrew MorrillMayor Shinn/Others
Stephen Russell MurraySwing
Anjel PiñeroZaneeta Shinn/Others
Mervin Primeaux-OBryantMaud Dunlap/Others
Nicki RungeMrs. Paroo/Others
Sarah Anne SillersAmaryllis/Others
Christopher TesterWinthrop Paroo/Oliver Hix/Others
Dylan TomsEwart Dunlop/Others
Vishal VaidyaMarcellus Washburn
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
We ask that if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Use this CDC symptom checklist to see if you need to quarantine or get tested.
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.
As conditions and public health mandates are subject to change, please visit our Health and Safety page just prior to your performance date for our latest policies.
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June 17 - July 24 2022