Watching The “Music Man”

On Saturday, I was at Goodman’s performance of the “Music Man.” I have a “Whenever Goodman” subscription, which means that I could choose which shows I will be attending, and how many tickets I will allocate for each. I knew that the last play of the season would be the “Music Man,” so I’ve saved the last four tickets for it, not even knowing whom I will invite.

I love the play, and Goodman’s performance is just perfect. It does not repeat the classic movie; it’s a beautiful production of its own, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. The theater’s website mentioned that there would be a screening of the “Music Man” movie in Millennium Park, and put it on my calendar. I’ve seen this movie at least two dozen times, and I know by heart each and a single word. I planned that I would come to the park, sit for a little bit on my tarp, and leave to catch my usual 8-30 PM train.

And now I am sitting there (yes, on my tarp) watching this movie for the two-dozen-and-first time, and have no intention to leave until the last note.

It’s breathtaking; I would occasionally catch myself silently singing songs since Saturday. I am sure everybody in the park has seen it at least once, but people laugh and clap, and everything.

Igor, who was watching the play with me cited in his blog the Chicago Reader review of it. It says among other things that “it’s impossible to see “Professor” Harold Hill as the beloved character” these days. If fact, he “harasses the town librarian, Marian Paroo, despite her unambiguous, repeated requests that he leave her alone .” On the one hand, it’s hard not to laugh at this statement. On the other hand, is seems very true, since we try to make it clear that “no means no.” When talking about the actress playing Marian, the article says that ” her journey from not-in-love to in-love is laughably abrupt and never convincing (that’s a book problem, not an actor problem).”

Geoff Packard and Monica West perform live before the movie

Now, watching the movie for the two-dozen-and-first time, I think I know the answer, which is that those critics do not understand anything about love :). It is not “a journey from not-in-love to in-love.” She just loved “Professor” Hill from first sight. It’s unfortunate that at that time people had to play all these games, of “I hate you” – although in this case there will be no beautiful movie :).

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