By Michael Gioia
11 Jul 2013
Foa, who has also been seen in Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!, stars as Harold Hill in the musical, which features a book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson with a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Opening night is set for July 12 for a run through July 21.
Cassie Abate directs and choreographs The Music Man, with music direction by David Williams.
Foa is joined by Courtney Balan as Marian Paroo, Mary Cadorette as Mrs. Paroo, Steven Hayes as Mayor Shinn, Lynn McNutt as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Richard Ruiz as Marcellus Washburn, Joey Barreiro, Brandon Beaver, John Bixler, Rebecca Flanders, Alex Gibson, Khetanya Henderson, Kevin Jones, Hannah Kaplan, Nick Lawson, Adam Maggio, Zach Miller, Coles Prince, Scott Ripley, Alanna Saunders, Claire Saunders, Trent Saunders, Temar Underwood, Sarah Wintermeyer, Gianna Yanelli and Kate Zulauf.
The cast also features child actors Jason Mack, Rebecca Mack, Elijah Saddlemire, Andreas Tolis, Annie Tolis and Madison Young.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Full of heart, wit, and oceans of beautiful music, the story opens on the 4th of July, 1912, in River City, Iowa. Oh, there is trouble my friends, right here in River City, and Professor Harold Hill has the antidote — an all-boys marching band. But Marian the Librarian sees through his schemes, at least until she falls in love with the irrepressible con artist and he becomes the one thing he fears the most: a respectable citizen!"
The score includes such classics as "Goodnight, My Someone," "Gary, Indiana," "Till There Was You" and "Seventy-Six Trombones," among others.
For more information and tickets, call (860) 486-2113 or visit CRT.UConn.edu.