The Wonderful World of Disney (1997)

Season 5 Episode 23

Merideth Wilsons The Music Man

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2003 on ABC
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Merideth Wilsons The Music Man
Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music.moreless

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  • This episode contained the movie remake "The Music Man" starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. This movie has to be compared with the original (1962) version; it is not a bad movie -- but it pales in comparison to the original.moreless

    The movie tracks the original very closely -- evidently the update was primarily to provide a platform for persons more recognizable to todays young adults (Broderick vs Preston, Chenoweth vs Jones, Baker vs Hackett) than the original; unfortunately, in my opinion, Mr. Broderick doesn't have the maturity (age? seasoning?) to carry off the role. As a result, the timing of routines/scenes and songs/dances is not what I was hoping for.

    I must complement Ms. Chenoweth -- her voice is every bit the voice of Ms. Jones (superb) and the songs she sings are wonderful. It is not clear who replaces the Buffalo Bills (I can't tell from the credits), but their voices are excellent and are a match for the Buffalo Bills -- again, their songs are wonderful.

    However, the point of the movie is Professor Harold Hill, and without the needed lead, the movie is difficult to get through.

    For anyone wishing to see the Music Man, I must recommend the 1962 original -- I suspect that those who only see this version will be somewhat disappointed in the movie.moreless
Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Professor Harold Hill

Guest Star

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

Marian Paroo

Guest Star

Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Mayor Shinn

Guest Star

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