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Willson: The Music Man

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: It's a selection from a musical theater classic.

You might consider Meredith Willson’s musical theater masterpiece The Music Man to be a “love letter” to his home town. Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, Willson found many sources of inspiration in friends, family and events from his childhood as he wrote his first musical. After years of looking for a producer to showcase his work to the public, the show finally opened on Broadway in 1957 and immediately became a smash hit. It won five Tony Awards that year, beating out Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story for the Best Musical nod, and the original cast album was the first Broadway album to win a Grammy Award. This song, You might consider Meredith Willson’s musical theater masterpiece The Music Man to be a “love letter” to his home town. Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa, Willson found many sources of inspiration in friends, family and events from his childhood as he wrote his first musical. After years of looking for a producer to showcase his work to the public, the show finally opened on Broadway in 1957 and immediately became a smash hit. It won five Tony Awards that year, beating out Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story for the Best Musical nod, and the original cast album was the first Broadway album to win a Grammy Award.

This song, “Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You,” features the great Barbara Cook accompanied by The Buffalo Bills, the 1950 International Quartet Champions of a competition sponsored by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) features the great Barbara Cook accompanied by The Buffalo Bills, the 1950 International Quartet Champions of a competition sponsored by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA)

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Meredith Willson: Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You
Original Broadway Cast — The Music Man (Capitol, 1990)
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Meredith Willson: Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You
Original Broadway Cast — The Music Man (Capitol, 1990)
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