The Music Man
is a 2003 American television film
directed by Jeff Bleckner
and starring Matthew Broderick
and Kristin Chenoweth
The television production, which was broadcast by ABC
on the February 16, 2003 edition of The Wonderful World of Disney
, is based on the book
of the 1957 stage musical
by Meredith Willson
, which was based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The musical was adapted for television by Sally Robinson.
The three-hour presentation was watched by 13.1 million viewers, with a 3.8 rating/9 share in adults aged 18–49. It finished second in the first two hours and fourth in the final hour.
Professor Harold Hill, a con artist who makes a living by selling instruments and uniforms to aspiring musicians he fails to teach once they are delivered, sets his sights on the naive citizens of River City, Iowa as his latest targets. With the assistance of former sidekick Marcellus Washburn, who now is living in the rural town, Harold convinces the residents their only hope of saving their sons from the corruption of the local pool hall is to allow him to create a marching band and help them develop their musical talents.
Suspicious of Harold's claim that he has a degree from the Gary Conservatory of Music, Class of '05, prim and proper town librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo begins to investigate his background, much to the dismay of her mother, who hopes by participating in the band, Marian's younger brother Winthrop will... Read More