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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?

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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#25
Posted: 6/17/12 at 8:13pm
The idea of Stephen Colbert as Harold Hill is absolutely breathtaking! I want to see this NOW!
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#26
Posted: 6/17/12 at 10:54pm
I'd love to see Butz tackle this role or Danny Burstein, and Brian Stokes Mitchell could also be fabulous.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#27
Posted: 6/17/12 at 11:00pm
I just saw the film Bernie last weekend and there's a whole scene where Jack Black performs "Seventy-Six Trombones" in a stage production of The Music Man and all I could think of was how delightful he'd be in this role. I was never a huge fan of his until seeing Bernie. He's got a surprisingly nice voice.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#28
Posted: 6/18/12 at 12:02am
Brent Barrett!
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#29
Posted: 6/18/12 at 12:07am
I heard Lea DeLaria once tackled Harold Hill.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#30
Posted: 6/18/12 at 12:09am
Was he hurt?
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#31
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:12am
singtopher, that is just about the greatest profile pic ever!
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#33
Posted: 6/18/12 at 9:28am
"School of Rock" was pretty much an update of Music Man - complete with Joan Cusack as the Marian character.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#34
Posted: 6/18/12 at 9:30am
During the last revival, wasn't there a rumor of Conan O'Brien coming in as a replacement?
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#35
Posted: 6/18/12 at 9:33am
I love the suggestion made about Robert Downey, Jr. It was the first name that came to mind when I read the title of the thread. Colbert would also be terrific.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#36
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:14pm
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#37
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:24pm
With the right director, I think Douglas Sills would make a fantastic Harold Hill.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#38
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:28pm
I think I'd like to see a younger Harold Hill. Maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ever since his SNL appearance, where he performed Make 'Em Laugh, I thought he belonged on Broadway.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#39
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:43pm
Burke Moses is doing a lovely job with the role in DC, though very much in the Preston mold.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#40
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:49pm
Any revival must address the age old theory that Winthrop is actually Marian's son by her wealthy benefactor, which is why he left her the Library (where Winty was conceived) and why the Chicken Ladies think Marian is a slut.
When Winty is mowed down by the Wells Fargo Wagon and needs a bone marrow transplant, the secret comes out. Paroo was the benefactor's favorite cook and maid and was bribed to stand in as the Mom of Marion and her bastard stuttering child.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#41
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:53pm
Whoever said Colbert as Harold Hill is my hero. That would be awesome.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#42
Posted: 6/18/12 at 2:57pm
"Any revival must address the age old theory that Winthrop is actually Marian's son by her wealthy benefactor, which is why he left her the Library (where Winty was conceived) and why the Chicken Ladies think Marian is a slut.
When Winty is mowed down by the Wells Fargo Wagon and needs a bone marrow transplant, the secret comes out. Paroo was the benefactor's favorite cook and maid and was bribed to stand in as the Mom of Marion and her bastard stuttering child."

Isn't all of that addressed in Shipoopi?
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#43
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:07pm
Sounds more like the Palins than Paroos. Donchaknow?
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#44
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:22pm
Well a gimmick that would get people in the door would be to bring in Dan Radcliffe to do it. It would bring a little different angle to the character as well, and unlike Bierko, Radcliffe wouldn't (mainly because he couldn't) be simply imitating Preston.

That being said, I would personally cast Kevin Spacey as Hill, Kelli O'Hara as Marian, Ellen Harvey as Ms. Paroo, and Robert Creighton as Marcellus.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#45
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:24pm
Also, Raul Esparza would be a fantastic Hill.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#46
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:25pm
Raul did his Harold Hill impression. It was called Leap of Faith.

(and he was awful)
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#47
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:29pm
Well Leap was just a terrible show all around, so he wasn't given much to work with. I am basing my comment on a video I saw of Raul doing "There's a sucker" from Barnum in a concert setting back in the 90's I believe.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#48
Posted: 6/18/12 at 3:46pm
I did not like Music Man...at all...but Collin Donell has a pleasant voice.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#49
Posted: 6/18/12 at 4:20pm
Also, Raul Esparza would be a fantastic Hill.

Raul might be right for a lot of roles, but not that one. I already saw him horribly miscast in Chitty. I loved the show, but he was all kinds of wrong for that part.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#50
Posted: 6/18/12 at 6:26pm
Esparza has none of the charisma and smoothness needed for the role, he's tough, harsh, and has the potential to be incredibly hammy. In a role like this, you need someone who can be hammy and make it work (the Stephen Colbert idea is brilliant, he was great in the NYPhil COMPANY), Esparza would suck the fun out of it.
Speaking of Esparza, an unconventional Harold Hill--sort of in the mold of Daniel Radcliffe--would be David Hyde Pierce.
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Who could tackle Professor Harold Hill?#51
Posted: 6/18/12 at 6:31pm
I would love a Swenson/McDonald Music Man

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