A cast of twenty-eight local actors “take to the boards” with this toe-tapping, family-friendly show. In fact, the cast and crew contains various family relationships: Chrisi Ethridge and her three children Alex, Anthony, and Avery; Frankie Brown and her daughter Stacie Klein; sisters Chloe and Skye Williamson; granddaughter Jordan Jones and grandmother Claudia Jones; father Ken Traub and his two sons, Ethan and Andrew Traub, siblings J.B. Hendricks, Morgan Hendricks, and Logan Hendricks; husband, wife and son John and Laura McDonald and Connor McDonald.
Willson’s most famous work, The Music Man, premiered on Broadway in 1957, and was adapted twice for film (in 1962 and 2003). He referred to the show as “an Iowan’s attempt to pay tribute to his home state.” It took Willson some eight years and thirty revisions to complete the musical, for which he wrote more than forty songs.
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