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Robert Preston Meservey was an American stage and film actor and singer, best known for his collaboration with composer Meredith Willson and originating the role of Professor Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man and the 1962 film adaptation; the film earned him his first of two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Robert Preston STAGE CREDITS

Closed on the road, 1978

Foxwell J. Sly [Replacement]

The Judge [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1974
Mack Sennett

Original Broadway Production, 1966
He (Michael)

Henry II

Original Broadway Production, 1964
Benjamin Franklin

Nat Bentley

The Burglar

Closed on the road, 1962
Pancho Villa

Original Broadway Production, 1957
Harold Hill

Jean Monnerie


Joe McCall

George Wilson

Clem Scott

Peter Hogarth

Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson

Robert Preston Movies

[1938]King of Alcatraz Robert MacArthur

[1938]Illegal Traffic Charles Bent Martin

[1939]Disbarred Bradley Kent

[1939]Union Pacific Dick Allen

[1939]Beau Geste Digby Geste

[1940]North West Mounted Police Ronnie Logan

[1940]Typhoon Johnny Potter

[1940]Moon Over Burma Chuck Lane

[1941]The Night of January 16th Steve Van Ruyle

[1941]The Lady from Cheyenne Steve Lewis

[1941]Pacific Blackout Robert Draper

[1941]New York Town Paul Bryson, Jr.

[1941]Parachute Battalion Donald Morse

[1942]Reap the Wild Wind Dan Cutler

[1942]This Gun for Hire Michael Crane

[1942]Wake Island Pvt. Joe Doyle

[1943]Night Plane from Chungking Captain Nick Stanton

[1947]The Macomber Affair Francis Macomber

[1947]Variety Girl Robert Preston

[1947]Wild Harvest Jim Davis

[1948]Big City Rev. Philip Y. Andrews

[1948]Blood on the Moon Tate Riling

[1948]Whispering Smith Murray Sinclair

[1949]Tulsa Brad Brady

[1949]The Lady Gambles David Boothe

[1950]The Sundowners James Cloud - aka Kid Wichita

[1951]Cloudburst John Graham

[1951]Best of the Badmen Matthew Fowler

[1951]My Outlaw Brother Joe Waldner

[1951]When I Grow Up Father Reed

[1952]Face to Face Sheriff Jack PotterThe Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

[1955]The Last Frontier Col. Frank Marston

[1960]The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Rubin Flood

[1962]The Music Man Harold Hill

[1962]How the West Was Won Roger Morgan

[1963]All the Way Home Jay Follett

[1963]Island of Love Steve Blair

[1972]Child's Play Joseph Dobbs

[1972]Junior Bonner Ace Bonner

[1974]Mame Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside

[1977]Semi-Tough Big Ed Bookman

[1981]S.O.B. Dr. Irving Finegarten

[1982]Victor/Victoria Carole "Toddy" Todd

[1984]The Last Starfighter Centauri

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Where Else Have the Tony Awards Been Held?

This time, the reader question was: Where has the Tony Awards ceremony been presented in the past?

Have There Been Many Two-Person Broadway Musicals Before GUTENBERG?

This time, the reader question was: Have there been many Broadway musicals starring only two actors, before Gutenberg! The Musical!?

Broadway Lyricist and Librettist Tom Jones Has Passed Away

Tom Jones, best known for his work as the librettist and lyricist of The Fantasticks, has passed away. He was 95.

Patrick Duffy, Tristan Gemmill & More to Star in TWELVE ANGRY MEN UK Tour

Get all the details about the upcoming TWELVE ANGRY MEN UK Tour featuring TV stars Patrick Duffy and Tristan Gemmill. Don't miss the opportunity to see this incredible cast in action!

Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Moorestown Theater Company

What did our critic think of THE MUSIC MAN at Moorestown Theater Company?

All Roads Theatre Company Will Open With MACK & MABEL in 2024

ALL ROADS THEATRE COMPANY (ARTCO) announces its emergence into the Southern California Arts Scene with the bold announcement of a fully staged and choreographed “In Concert” presentation of Jerry Herman’s and Michael Stewart’s beloved but seldom-produced musical, MACK & MABEL, for three performances, February 16, 17 and 18, 2024 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. 

Pasadena Playhouse To Receive 2023 Regional Theatre Tony Award

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, Pasadena Playhouse, in Pasadena, California, will be the recipient of the 2023 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The honor is accompanied by a grant of $25,000, made possible by City National Bank's generous support. 

Interview: Broadway Producer Julian Schlossberg

Producer Julian Schlossberg's autobiography, TRY NOT TO HOLD IT AGAINST ME, is a chronicle of singular moments and stars of Broadway.

Broadway Streaming Guide: February 2023 - How to Hear the KIMBERLY AKIMBO Cast Recording & More

This February, Broadway fans will be treated with several new albums, concerts, and television shows to binge. Check out what's coming to streaming this month, including new classic movie musicals like The Music Man, to new Broadway cast recordings from Kimberly Akimbo and KPOP!

Cast & Creative Teams Confirmed for Shaw Festival 2023 Season, Featuring PRINCE CASPIAN World Premiere & More

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has unveiled the Shaw Festival's 2023 casting and creative teams for the Festival Theatre, Royal George Theatre, Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, BMO Stage, as well as the newly added Spiegeltent.


Robert Preston - Forever The Music Man chronicles the life and career of the enigmatic Hollywood and Broadway actor, and original Music Man star, Robert Preston.

Album Review: THE MUSIC MAN (THE 2022 BROADWAY CAST RECORDING) Is A New Kind Of MUSIC MAN For A New Generation… Kind Of

The additional track of the cut barbershop quartet song, IT’S YOU is a real bonus and so is the extra extended cut of Jackman and Shuler Hensley’s clowning fun on THE SADDER BUT WISER GIRL FOR ME.

Charleston Light Opera Guild Announces Auditions For THE MUSIC MAN

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.

Charleston Light Opera Guild Presents THE MUSIC MAN in October

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.

The Lark Theater to Present Screenings of Classic Movie Musicals, Including FUNNY GIRL, THE MUSIC MAN & More

The Lark Theater in Larkspur, CA is presenting movie adaptations of iconic musicals EVERY WEDNESDAY afternoon.

HAIR Co-Creator James Rado Dies at 90

James Rado, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sole surviving co-creator of the ground-breaking Broadway musical HAIR - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, died peacefully Tuesday evening, June 21, 2022 in New York City surrounded by his loving family. 

Legacy Theatre to Open 2022 Season With I DO! I DO!

The Legacy Theatre, Branford's own regional, professional theatre on the shoreline, is back with its opening Mainstage Production of the 2022 season! 'I Do! I Do!,' a charming musical about marriage, will play Thursdays through Saturdays at the theatre from April 28-May 14.

Legacy Theatre Announces 15% Off Tickets to Opening Musical I DO! I DO!

The Easter Bunny is coming to town early this Easter weekend! Beginning Friday, April 15th, and running until midnight on Easter, the Legacy Theatre in Branford, CT will run a special 15% off sale for tickets to 'I Do! I Do!,' the opening production of Legacy's 2022 season.

THE MUSIC MAN Will Be Performed by the Charleston Light Opera Guild in October

Featuring classic songs such as Till There Was You, Gary Indiana, Lida Rose, Goodnight My Someone, Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little, Shipoopi and Seventy Six Trombones, the show is an All-American salute to music, romance and fast-talking flim flam.


Robert Preston has appeared on Broadway in 18 shows.

Robert Preston has not appeared in the West End

Robert Preston has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for his roles in "Mack and Mabel," "Do! I Do!," and "The Music Man."

Robert Preston has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical twice. He won the award for his performances in "Do! I Do!" and "The Music Man".

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