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REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’ charms audience

Review written by Lawrence Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune (7-13-2018)

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The Music Man, the as American as apple pie musical, opened Thursday night (7/12) at the NorShor Theatre, a production totally committed to charming the audience from start to finish.

Shad Olsen and Ali Littrell Finstrom team-up for the fourth time as the leads in a Duluth Playhouse musical. The former, as Professor Hill, has come to River City, Iowa, under the guise of being a music teacher with plans to start a band — but first, he needs money. You can see the gleam in Olsen’s eye from the back row of the balcony, his two sets of two-tone shoes the clearest sign the charming con-man is as slick as a whistle.

The latter plays the librarian who falls for him. Finstrom breathes fresh life into the proper Marian. “My White Knight” has always been a throwaway song for me, but Finstrom gave it real emotional weight.

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COME SEE THE SHOW AT THE NORSHOR THEATRE!

  • What: Meredith Willson’s The Music Man
  • When: July 19-29, 2018
  • Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm, Sunday @ 2pm
    • An ASL-Interpreted performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 19 @ 7:30pm
  • Where: The NorShor Theatre (211 E. Superior St., downtown Duluth, MN)
  • Tickets: Adults – $35-$45 (depending on seat location), Students – $25
  • Purchase: www.duluthplayhouse.org  |  218.733.7555  |  211 E. Superior St.



3 Responses to REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’ charms audience

  1. We’re visiting from Aztec, NM and wondering if there are any theater fill tickets available for the last shows of The Music Man this weekend. My girlfriend, granddaughter, and I would love to see the show (in my old hometown theater!) but the ticket price holds us back. We arrive in Duluth on Friday 7/27.

    • Hi Jim,

      If a show is sold out, then we will have Rush Tickets at the door in case of no-shows or last-minute cancellations, but we will sell them at the value of the seat’s location. There are varying ticket prices, depending on the seat’s location. Please give our Box Office a call at 218.733.7555 to see what seats might be available on the night’s you’re in town.

      Thank you, and we hope to see you at the show!

  2. “The Music Man,” the as American as apple pie musical, opened Thursday night at the NorShor Theatre, a production totally committed to charming the audience from start to finish.

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