Miracle of <i>The Music Man</i> by Mark Cabaniss audiobook

Miracle of The Music Man: The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson

By Mark Cabaniss
Foreword by Rupert Holmes
Read by Mark Cabaniss , with a foreword read by Rupert Holmes

Mark Cabaniss 9781538154649
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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 sixty-five 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.

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Summary

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 sixty-five 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Music publisher Cabaniss pens a lovely tribute to Meredith Willson…Cabaniss’s discussions of more recent revivals of The Music Man on stage and television and his comparisons with other significant musicals prove invaluable.” Library Journal
“Mark Cabaniss’s thoughtful, insightful, and entertaining exploration of how this beloved show came to be is a must-read for all musical theater fans.” Daryl Roth, Tony Award–winning Broadway producer
“An affectionate and effective telling of how Meredith Willson created the book, music, and lyrics of the only musical that has a permanent spot on my ever-evolving top-five list.”  Dick Scanlan, Tony Award–nominated Broadway writer and director
“This masterfully written chronicle of Meredith’s life and career is an eye-opening, thrilling ride that reveals exactly how and why this musical master created such a brilliant piece of American theater.” Eddie Hodges, Broadway’s original Winthrop in The Music Man

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Author Bio: Mark Cabaniss

Author Bio: Mark Cabaniss

Mark Cabaniss is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster, and speaker. He is President/CEO of Jubilate Music Group, a worldwide music publisher creating printed and digital music, recordings, and videos.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English