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Right Here in River City: The Making of Meredith Willson's 'The Music Man' (1998)

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Documentary about the making of the 1962 film adaptation of The Music Man.

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This made-for-video documentary treats song and dance fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Music Man, the classic 1962 film adaptation of the stage musical about a con man who's plan to fool a sleepy Iowa town with stories of marching bands doesn't go quite as he intended. Features interviews with some of the cast and crew of the film, including choreographer Onna White, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Right Here In River City: The Making Of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" (V) (Scott Benson, 1998) **1/2
10 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This half-hour documentary on the making of THE MUSIC MAN (1962) – which is included on Warners' DVD edition of that film – takes in the whole history of the phenomenon of Meredith Willson's Broadway musical show. Given its brevity, however, there is not a whole lot of depth in the commentary being imparted by host Shirley Jones and, frankly, one does not really walk away from it any more enlightened than he came in. Nevertheless, it was nice to see and hear some of the key participants in the film – Jones herself and comedian Buddy Hackett – and of both film and the original Broadway production – Susan Luckey (who played the Mayor's daughter and said "Egads" a lot) and choreographer Onna White – reminiscing about their long gone colleagues. We are told that, in spite of being a veteran of many movies, Robert Preston was a newcomer to the "song-and-dance man' act and that, in spite of his success on stage, he was not Warners' original casting choice for the role of Professor Harold Hill (it was Frank Sinatra!) but, in this age of unlimited sources of information available on the Internet, this featurette comes off a little dry.


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