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THE MUSIC MAN
August 28, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Meredith Willson’s nostalgic, yet sarcastically modern, Broadway musical was one of the first stage musicals on which I worked at my ­Glee-like performing arts group back in high school. So for many reasons – including the sight and sound of Paige O’Hara, the future voice of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast animated classic, as Marian Paroo – I have a super-soft spot for this musical. That includes this 1962 production, shown on TCM unedited, uninterrupted and in full wide-screen format – which allows you to see all the dancers in Shirley Jones’ cleverly choreographed “Marian the Librarian” number. Robert Preston stars.

 
 
 
 
 
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