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re: Why does anyone want to see "The Music Man"?
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 11:49 am EDT 10/08/20
In reply to: re: Why does anyone want to see "The Music Man"? - PlayWiz 10:49 am EDT 10/08/20

My parents actually saw Tucker when The Music Man tour hit Chicago in '59. I believe Susan Luckey was playing Zaneeta at that time. I was only 9 years old, but I wish they had taken me with them. Unfortunately I had to babysit my younger siblings. My mom had bought me the OBC LP the previous year, and I loved the songs.

Forrest Tucker played Hill in Chicago for at least a year. He was such a hit here that he would come back to Chicago periodically in shows like Plaza Suite, That Championship Season, and Life with Father among others over the next 2 decades.

My dad always insisted that Tucker was better in the role than Preston was in the film version. I'm pretty sure that I saw Tucker perform "Trouble" at some point on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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