Joe Theissen to play Professor Harold Hill

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Joe Theissen as Prof. Harold Hill, encourages a boy to join the boys band while Marian the librarian, played by Chrissy Kelly-Pettit.

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The Broadway Rose Theatre Company continues its 2014 season of “brass ‘n sass” with the iconic Broadway musical, “The Music Man,” playing at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Road in Tigard. Preview performance is June 26 with opening night June 27. Performances continue through July 20. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday and on Saturdays July 5, 12 and 19.

A sparkling homage to a bygone era, “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize — despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans are foiled when he falls for spirited Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. With songs such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” and “Lida Rose,” this award-winning classic boasts a nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads that have earned a place among musical theater’s most cherished standards.

“The Music Man” is based on a story by Meredith Wilson and Frank Lacey with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson. Peggy Taphorn will direct and choreograph the Broadway Rose production, with musical direction by Alan D. Lytle. The cast includes Joe Theissen as Professor Harold Hill, Chrissy Kelly-Pettit as Marian Paroo, Norman Wilson as Marcellus Washburn, Thomas Prislac, Jr. as Mayor Shinn, Rachelle Riehl as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Annie Kaiser as Mrs. Paroo and Josiah Bartell as Winthrop Paroo.

Tickets start at $30 for adults, with discounts available for groups and youth. For a full listing of show performances or to order tickets visit or call the box office at 503-620-5262.

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