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REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’ charms audience

Review written by Lawrence Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune (7-13-2018) // Photo by Nicole Modeen Photography

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.





  • 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.

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