Hey folks, Julian here again with some news from our friends at Carrollwood Cultural Center: the CCC Community Theatre will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man on Friday, July 16 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 17 at 3 pm, Friday, July 23 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, July 24 at 3 pm.

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson. The show is based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader, and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim but progressive Marian, the librarian, sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her.

In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for "Best Original Cast Album". The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake. It frequently is produced by both professional and amateur theater companies.

The CCC Community Theatre is comprised of members from the Cultural Center community courses: Band, Chorus and Broadway Kids. The three community groups were formed in the fall of 2008 and they are free or for a minimal tuition. More than 100 members of the combined groups will participate in publicity, building sets, costume design, fund raising and performance. Ages range from 8 to 92. The groups are under the directions of Mary Ann Scialdo and Vicki Cuccia – Broadway Kids; Helen Michaelson – Band; and Betty Lee Rey and Teil Rey – Choreography.

The Music Man is the second production of the Carrollwood Cultural Center Community Theatre on 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, FL 33618. For tic  (813)269-1310 or go to www.CarrollwoodCenter.org. Ticket prices are $15 for Carrollwood Cultural Center members, $20 for non-members. I'll be back soon with more exciting stuff and infos on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid.