Team spirit — that’s what Professor Harold Hill is really selling to the people of River City, Iowa. Not a Sousa march or a “think system” or moral uplift for the town’s pool-hall-imperiled youth. And The Music Man, now at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater thanks to Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT), has more esprit de corps in its piccolo-playing pinkie fingers than you might find in the entire bodies of a real brass band.
We’ll start with the uniform: red, white and blue from top to bottom, with scenic backdrops (designed by Dan Phares) cleverly sketched in black.
The Music Man, presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre, continues through Nov. 20. Go here to read Julie York Coppens' full review.