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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

Story by
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Director of Artistic Sign Language 
Michelle Banks 

Music Director
Christopher Youstra 

Karma Camp

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

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season

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 August

    Tommy Djilas/Others
  • Florrie Bagel

    Ethel Toffelmier/Others/Marian Cover
  • Heather Marie Beck

    Alma Hix/Others
  • James Caverly

    Harold Hill
  • Sophia Early

  • Jane G. Enabore

  • Jay Frisby

    Charlie Cowell/Jacey Squires/Others
  • Amelia Hensley

    Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn/Others
  • Gregor Lopes

    Olin Britt/Others
  • Adelina Mitchell

    Marian Paroo
  • Andrew Morrill

    Mayor Shinn/Others
  • Stephen Russell Murray

  • Anjel Piñero

    Zaneeta Shinn/Others
  • Mervin Primeaux-OBryant

    Maud Dunlap/Others
  • Nicki Runge

    Mrs. Paroo/Others
  • Sarah Anne Sillers

  • Christopher Tester

    Winthrop Paroo/Oliver Hix/Others
  • Dylan Toms

    Ewart Dunlop/Others
  • Vishal Vaidya

    Marcellus Washburn
  • Michelle Banks

    Director of ASL
  • Michael Baron

    Michael Baron
  • Jesse W. Belsky

    Lighting Design
  • Karma Camp

  • Sandra Mae Frank

  • Rosemary Pardee

    Costume Designer
  • Sean Preston

    Projection Design
  • Ethan Sinnott

    Scenic Designer
  • Ben Walsh

    Stage Manager

Learn More


  • 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

  • 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.

The Music Man

June 17 - July 24 2022

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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