This best-known work by Meredith Willson follows the tale of brazen swindler Professor Harold Hill who arrives in River City, Iowa, promising uniforms, instruments and lessons for a new town band.
In the role conman cum Casanova is one of our most in-demand leading theatre actors, Nic Kyle, who won rave reviews for his most recent performance as Charlie Price in the New Zealand premiere season of Kinky Boots. Playing Professor Hill’s love interest is Jess Rogers whose most recent credits include the New Zealand premiere and National Tour of Shrek The Musical and Madagascar The Musical. She is also a member of the vocal trio The Madeleines.
The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1957, as was its 2022 revival starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
Featuring 24 big band songs, including the hit Seventy-six Trombones, The Music Man is produced by the Amici Trust and G&T Productions – the collab responsible for recent musical hits including Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, and Jersey Boys.
Location Te wāhi
Aotea CentrePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
The Aotea Centre is a short walk up Queen Street from Britomart station, and the Civic car park is conveniently located beside the venue if you’re driving.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Check out the sculpture of celebrated Kiwi opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa which sits on Level 3 of the Aotea Centre. It was created by local artist Terry Stringer and unveiled by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa herself when the auditorium was named in her honour in 2019.