Miracle of the Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson (Hardcover)

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Miracle of the Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson By Mark Cabaniss, Rupert Holmes (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mark Cabaniss, Rupert Holmes (Foreword by)
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The Music Man stands as one of the greatest achievements in American musical theatre, but few know about its rocky beginnings and the against-all-odds success story of its creator Meredith Willson. Mark Cabaniss steps back into the Golden Age of Broadway and brings to life the origins of this classic show, the music behind it, and the unlikely story of its creator. Interweaving behind-the-scenes accounts of people who worked with Willson, Cabaniss looks at his long and unusual career as a composer, conductor, radio personality, and flutist, which reached its pinnacle in The Music Man. No one initially believed in Willson's "Valentine to Iowa," seeing it as nothing but a corny flop or, worse, a recipe for disaster. But when the curtain fell on opening night, a star called The Music Man was born. Over 65 years later, that star is still marching right to this day, endeared by millions around the world. To understand Willson, his career, and his music is to understand how The Music Man came to be: he was truly the only person who could have ever written this show due to his unique background, talent, incredible persistence, and belief. The show's ultimate success and longevity was anything but inevitable--rather, it was truly a miracle.

About the Author

Mark Cabaniss is a music publisher, writer, broadcaster, multiple recipient of ASCAP's Popular Music Award, and an award-winning producer. Cabaniss is a correspondent for the nationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360 and serves as an adjunct professor of music business at Belmont University. He is the author of Music Business Essentials, and his website is www.markcabaniss.com. He also manages the website www.meredithwillson.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538154649
ISBN-10: 1538154641
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: September 15th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English