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Meredith Willson

 
Date of Birth: May 18, 1902
Date of Death: June 15, 1984 (82)

Birth Place: Mason City, IA, USA

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Regional (US), 2014]
Music and Lyrics

Writing

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Source Material
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Photos

Meredith Willson and his second wife, Rini (left), receiving the Big Brother of the Y Photo

Meredith Willson and his second wife, Rini (left), receiving the Big Brother of the Year award from President John Kennedy in 1962.

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Date:
11/20/2017

 

Stage

Productions

Music and Lyrics

Writing
Bookwriter
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
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Source Material
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Meredith Willson Awards and Nominations

 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1958 - Best Musical Gold Star
Meredith Willson, The Music Man
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Musical Gold Star
Meredith Willson, The Music Man

Meredith Willson News

Gramercy Brass Orchestra Of NY To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Concert at Irving P Photo Gramercy Brass Orchestra Of NY To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Concert at Irving Place
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2022

The Gramercy Brass Orchestra's 40th Anniversary Concert for NYC will take place on Monday, September 12 at 6 PM, outdoors on Irving Place, between East 19th and 20th Streets and 3rd Avenue and Park Avenue South in Manhattan. The event is free to the public.

Review: THE MUSIC MAN at The Pocket Community Theatre Marches Its Way To Sold Out Sho Photo Review: THE MUSIC MAN at The Pocket Community Theatre Marches Its Way To Sold Out Shows
by Theresa Bertram - Aug 10, 2022

What did our critic think of THE MUSIC MAN at The Pocket Community Theatre? The singing and dancing and acting were so much fun to watch.

Charleston Light Opera Guild Presents THE MUSIC MAN in October Photo Charleston Light Opera Guild Presents THE MUSIC MAN in October
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

The Music Man, a co-production with the Clay Center, will play at the Maier Performance Hall on October 28-30 and November 4-6, 2022.

Juilliard Announces 2022-23 Season Programming Featuring More Than 700 Events Photo Juilliard Announces 2022-23 Season Programming Featuring More Than 700 Events
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 1, 2022

Juilliard has announced full programming for its 2022-23 season, including live music, dance, and drama performances at venues throughout the city with numerous livestreams and on-demand opportunities for global audiences to witness the future of the performing arts today.

Wake Up With BWW 7/28: INTO THE WOODS Extends, THE MUSIC MAN Cast Recording, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 7/28: INTO THE WOODS Extends, THE MUSIC MAN Cast Recording, and More!
by - Jul 28, 2022

Top stories include a Broadway extension for Into The Woods, which will now play an additional eight weeks through October 16, 2022. Plus, Lena Hall will join Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey, The Music Man revival will release a cast recording, and more!

Photos: THE MUSIC MAN to Release New Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Look at th Photo Photos: THE MUSIC MAN to Release New Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Look at the Recording Session
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2022

Accidental Jacket Entertainment will release the official cast recording of the Broadway revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo. See photos of the recording session here!

Listen: THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Cast Recording Featuring Beth Malone & More Now Av Photo Listen: THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Cast Recording Featuring Beth Malone & More Now Available
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 25, 2022

She ain’t down yet! Brought to you by the Transport Group’s award-winning production in conjunction with Music Theatre International, this studio recording of The Unsinkable Molly Brown is now available. Listen here!

Exclusive: Get a First Listen to Beth Malone's 'I Ain't Down Yet' From THE UNSINKABLE Photo Exclusive: Get a First Listen to Beth Malone's 'I Ain't Down Yet' From THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Studio Recording
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2022

Brought to you by the Transport Group’s award-winning production in conjunction with Music Theatre International, this studio recording of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, will be available everywhere, digitally, Friday, July 22nd. Get an exclusive first listen to Beth Malone singing 'I Ain't Down Yet' here! 

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Cast Recording to be Released This Month, Featuring Beth M Photo THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Cast Recording to be Released This Month, Featuring Beth Malone & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 15, 2022

The studio recording of The Unsinkable Molly Brown will be available everywhere, digitally, Friday, July 22nd. The Unsinkable Molly Brown features Meredith Willson's original score and lyrics plus unknown gems from Willson’s trunk, with a new book and added lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and liner notes by Luis Miranda.

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THE MUSIC MAN at the Olney Theatre Center, Featuring Deaf Photo VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THE MUSIC MAN at the Olney Theatre Center, Featuring Deaf and Hearing Actors
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2022

Olney Theatre Center is presenting a production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man that features a Deaf actor, James Caverly in the lead role of Harold Hill, and is generated by a company and creative team that consists of half Deaf and half hearing artists. PBS NewsHour went behind the scenes of the production, and chatted with the members of the cast and crew. Check out the video here!

Meredith Willson Videos

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THE MUSIC MAN at the Olney Theatre Center, Featuring Deaf VideoVIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THE MUSIC MAN at the Olney Theatre Center, Featuring Deaf and Hearing Actors
by Stephi Wild - Jul 13, 2022

Olney Theatre Center is presenting a production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man that features a Deaf actor, James Caverly in the lead role of Harold Hill, and is generated by a company and creative team that consists of half Deaf and half hearing artists. PBS NewsHour went behind the scenes of the production, and chatted with the members of the cast and crew. Check out the video here!

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Talks THE MUSIC MAN, WOLVERINE, and More on THE TONIGHT SHOW STAR VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Talks THE MUSIC MAN, WOLVERINE, and More on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 2, 2022

Hugh Jackman appeared last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss April Fool's Day, auditioning for Wolverine, and The Music Man.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Celebrates Sutton Foster's Birthday With THE MUSIC MAN Cast and A VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Celebrates Sutton Foster's Birthday With THE MUSIC MAN Cast and Audience
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 19, 2022

Today, Sutton Foster posted a video on Instagram of the final bows at The Music Man on Broadway, followed by a brief speech by Hugh Jackman. The actress celebrated her birthday yesterday, made even more special by Broadway's own Harold Hill conducting the audience and company of the show as they sang 'Happy Birthday' to the Tony winner. 

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2022

Last night, the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo opened triumphantly on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you to the curtain call and after party below!

VIDEO: Watch Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway! VideoVIDEO: Watch Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Opening Night of THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2022

Last night, the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo opened triumphantly on Broadway.

VIDEO: Watch Hugh Jackman Talk THE MUSIC MAN and Watch New Performance Clips VideoVIDEO: Watch Hugh Jackman Talk THE MUSIC MAN and Watch New Performance Clips
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 2, 2022

Performances of The Music Man might be paused for now, but it won't be long before the company, led by Hugh Jackman, is back onstage again. Below, watch as Jackman talks all about his latest Broadway role on the latest episode of CBS 'Sunday Morning. Plus, catch some brand new performance clips featuring Hugh and his Marian Paroo, Sutton Foster.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Releases Holiday Video from the Winter Garden Theatre to Broadway
by Robert Diamond - Dec 25, 2021

'Humbled and Inspired' star of stage and screen Hugh Jackman (now back on the boards in The Music Man) has released a holiday message to the Broadway community, straight from the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway where the show recently began previews.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Tributes Swings & Understudies as Kathy Voytko Fills in for Sutto VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Tributes Swings & Understudies as Kathy Voytko Fills in for Sutton Foster
by BWW Special - Dec 24, 2021

Hugh Jackman paid tribute last night to the 'bedrock of Broadway' - understudies and swings while bringing forward Kathy Voytko who filled in for Sutton Foster on Thursday night in the Broadway show.

VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Warms Up His Voice for THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway! VideoVIDEO: Hugh Jackman Warms Up His Voice for THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2021

Hear Jackman sing a bit of 'Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little' with THE LATE SHOW host Stephen Colbert.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights From THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, Starring Beth Malone VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights From THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, Starring Beth Malone
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2020

Transport Group's The Unsinkable Molly Brown opened last month at Abrons Arts Center, starring Tony Award nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home) as Molly Brown!


Meredith Willson Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Meredith Willson written?
Meredith Willson has written 4 shows including The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Composer), Here's Love (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), The Music Man (Source Material), Meredith Willson's 1491 (Bookwriter).

What awards has Meredith Willson been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Music Man and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Music Man .

What awards has Meredith Willson won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Music Manand Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Music Man.