Columbia College Theatre Dept. Alums Bring ‘The Music Man’ to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Feb. 2-11

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums are in the cast and creative team of The Music Man in Concert, a concert performance of the classic Meredith Willson musical, running February 2 through 11 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. For tickets, click here.

The show, famous for its hit song “76 Trombones,” stars Columbia College alum Barry Irving ’19, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, as fast-talking traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill, who cons the citizens of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a children’s marching band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he does not know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip towns with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the town librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Aaron Reese Boseman

Columbia College alum and faculty member Aaron Reese Boseman12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, is the show’s director.

Metropolis will present the acclaimed musical as a concert reading, backed by the JAM Orchestra. “The story we all love will be fully told,” says Metropolis artistic director Brendan Ragan,”and without the usual costumes, props, or scenery, we can hone in on this robust and gorgeous music with a large ensemble of musicians and performers we’d never be able to stage in a typical production. That is really the benefit of presenting the show as a concert reading. The size and scale of the music will be a true delight.” The concert will be produced in collaboration with Metropolis School of the Performing Arts, allowing an opportunity for the students to collaborate with professional artists in presenting the family-friendly musical.