Anthony Crane & Sara Jean Ford to Lead THE MUSIC MAN at TUTS; Full Cast Set!

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the family favorite production of The Music Man featuring an unforgettable cast! The show runs May 5-17 at The Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall.

Described "as American as apple pie" by the New York Times, The Music Man is the great American classic that tells the story of fast-talking, musical instruments salesman, Harold Hill, who cons the good folks of River City, Iowa, into believing that he can teach their children to play in a marching band despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Before the fraudulent teacher can skip town with the loot, Harold's got trouble when he falls for the quick-witted, not to mention beautiful, small town librarian, Marian.

Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Come one, come all to reminisce or to discover the "Seventy-Six Trombones" and many other timeless songs from this piece of musical Americana.

TUTS' production of The Music Man stars Anthony Crane as the infamous Harold Hill, Sara Jean Ford as the beautiful librarian Marian Paroo, Dylan Godwin as Marcellus Washburn, Kevin Cooney as Mayor George Shinn, Chesley Ann Santoro as Eulalie Shinn, Mary VanArsdel as Mrs. Paroo, HSMT student Christopher Wolff as Winthrop Paroo, Peter Chursin as Tommy Djilas, HSMT student Annie Shouse as Amaryllis, Kristen Paulicelli as Zaneeta Shinn, HSMT student Savannah May as Gracie Shinn, Joseph Torello as Olin Brit, Charles Swan as Oliver Hix, Thom Culcasi as Ewart Dunlop, Phil Gold as Jacey Squires, Brooke Wilson as Ethel Toffelmier, Liz Curtin as Alma Hix, Theresa Nelson as Maud Dunlop, Paul Hope as Constable Locke/Ensemble, Susan Shofner as Mrs. Squires and Dink O'Neal as Charlie Cowell.

Adult Ensemble members include Courtney Chilton, Roger DeWitt, Luke Hamilton, Laura Henning, Kinsland Howell, Mark Ivy, Jessica Janes, Logan Keslar, Patrick Matzig, Molly Mustonen, Dennis O'Bannion, Kathryn Porterfield, Joseph Redd, Mark C. Reis, Michelle Seipel, Christina Stroup, Lucas Thompson, Holland Vavra, Paige Wheat and Jessica Wockenfuss.

Student Ensemble members from TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) include Erin Cearlock, Lauren Dodds, Promise Facciponte, Nicole Fish, Scott Fonseka, Leo Gossett, Sarah Hill, Anneliese Kelly, Sarah Klein, Dylan Lambert, Kelly Lomonte, Alexa Magro, McKenna Marmolejo, Miles Marmolejo, Lauren McDonald, Carlie Sachs, Noah Smith, Hope Vanderburg and Mia-Margaret Wissinger.

Leading the creative team is director Bruce Lumpkin and assistant director Marley Wisnoski. Joining them is choreographer Michelle Gaudette, musical director and conductor Jeff Rizzo, sound designer Kit Bond and lighting designer Richard Winkler.

TUTS will offer special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience:

  • The Music Man Sundance Film Screening - Monday, April 27 at 7 PM
  • OUT@TUTS post-show cast party: Thursday, May 7

Tickets (starting at only $25) are available:

  • Online at
  • Phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882
  • In person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, (800 Bagby), Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special offers are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at

TUTS' production of The Music Man is made possible by the generosity of Apache Corporation, Haynes and Boone and Enbridge.

Photo by Peter James Zielinski

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