The Music Man

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man Jr. features some of musical theater’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man Jr. is family entertainment at its best—a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter (so to speak). In case you’ve somehow never seen the classic 1962 film, or the TV movie starring Matthew Broderick, here’s a brief plot summary:

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got seventy-six trombones in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows this fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end, in spite of himself.

Journey Theater Arts Group is performing The Music Man, Jr., at the Washburn Performing Arts Center (1201 39th St. in Washougal) at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, Saturday, May 20, Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Sunday, May 21, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. Tickets are $14 for adults or $10 for seniors and kids ages 2-18. Groups of ten or more are $9 each, and there’s a special Family Day performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, when all tickets are $10. Sales at the door are $4 more. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit


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