New Jersey Stage

Thursday, June 20, 2013



(RED BANK, NJ) -- Phoenix Productions, the award winning community theatre organization, will present the hit Broadway classic The Music Man for two weekends beginning July 12th and concluding July 21st at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

The cast of fifty is headed by Phoenix veteran Joe Caruso, who stars as the charismatic con-man Harold Hill. Phoenix newcomer Caitlin Alongi plays opposite as the charming and curious librarian, Marian Paroo. The cast is mixed in experience and age members who have been in the Phoenix family for more than 25 years work alongside members as young as four years old.

Produced by Andrea Zawadzky, directed by Joe Stefanelli, musically directed by Andrew Macirowski and choreographed by Kelly Gemellaro, The Music Man promises to be a colourful musical experience chock full of wholesome family fun.

The Music Man, with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, first came to Broadway in 1957. The story follows con-man Harold Hill, who travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. His plan to convince the town that they need a boys' band so he can run away with their money is threatened by the town's piano teacher, Marian, with whom he falls in love with. Will Harold be able to change his ways to pursue his love for Marian? With musical numbers like "Till There Was You" and "Seventy-Six Trombones", it is no wonder the production took home five Tony awards, which includes beating out the iconic West Side Story for Best Musical.

Performances at the Count Basie Theatre are July 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8pm and July 14th and 21st at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased by phone through the Count Basie box office at (732) 842-9000 or online at .

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theatre organization devoted to making high quality theatre accessible and affordable. It has been putting smiles on the faces of theatre lovers from New Jersey and beyond for more than 25 years. Performances at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank are equipped with full-scale sets, costumes, lights and orchestras. Phoenix has become known as "Broadway In the 'Burbs". More information is available at .