Leslie Harris here, and Monday night I got to attend the opening of The Music Man at the Goodman Theater. What a joyful revival!

Most of us have seen the original movie with Shirley Jones, or the 2005 release starring Matthew Broderick, but this was a fresh take on a familiar story. Delightful was the first word that came to my mind.

The opening number begins with a cast of characters on a train, and it’s hard to keep up with the hilarious, snappy banter/singing that occurs between them. This sets the stage for a high-energy show that feels fresh even though it was originally staged in 1958. By the way, it won the Tony for best musical that year. That would be against West Side Story.

This production keeps building, and I forgot how many of these songs I remembered and found myself singing along to, like, Till There Was You, Ya Got Trouble, 76 Trombones, Shipoopi and my favorite, Gary Indiana. Every audience member left smiling.

If you want an evening of outstanding entertainment right in Chicago, be sure to catch The Music Man, now through August 18th at the Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn in Chicago. Get tickets HERE

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