The Carnegie Presents THE MUSIC MAN

Family Friendly Musical To play Weekends January 19-29, 2017


Sarah Viola as Marian Paroo & Dave Wilson as Harold Hill. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

(COVINGTON, KY) – Professor Harold Hill will be marching into The Carnegie with his 76 trombones next month for The Carnegie’s production of THE MUSIC MAN, playing weekends January 19-29, 2017.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band that he vows to organize. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. The American classic includes iconic songs such as “Seventy- Six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Pickalittle Talk a Little,” and “Til There Was You.”

“I am thrilled for audiences to experience this big, family musical at The Carnegie,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “The Music Man is the largest cast we’ve ever had, and certainly one of the most talented. You’ll feel like you’re right in the heart of River City marching along with the band!”

Continuing the tradition started last season, all three of The Carnegie’s departments will collaborate to bring THE MUSIC MAN to life.  Students and educators from the Eva G. Farris Education Center join the cast, with local artist and co-founder of Thunder-Sky, Inc. and Visionaries + Voices, Bill Ross designing the sets.

Performances of THE MUSIC MAN run weekends January 19-29, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, Saturday afternoons at 2pm, and Sunday afternoons at 3pm.  Tickets are $30, $18 for children ages 12 and under, and $27 for Carnegie Members and ArtsPass Members. Tickets to Carnegie Theatre Series performances are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday 12 pm – 5 pm, online at, or by phone at (859) 957-1940.

Cast and Production Team


  • Marian Paroo – Sarah Viola*
  • Harold Hill – Dave Wilson*
  • Marcellus Washburn – Sean Mette*
  • Mayor Shinn – Jim Stump
  • Eulalie Shinn – Torie Pate*
  • Widow Paroo – Angela Nalley
  • Mrs. Squires – Lauren Carr
  • Maude Dunlop – Lori Valentine
  • Alma Hix – Burgess Byrd
  • Ethel Toffelmeier – Sara Kenny*
  • Charlie Cowell – Bob Brunner
  • Olin Britt – Mike Bell
  • Ewart Dunlop – Mike Connelly
  • Jacey Squires – Zac Coleman
  • Oliver Hix – Paul Gilman
  • Zaneeta Shinn – Cassidy Steele
  • Tommy Dijlas – Wesley Schmidt
  • Winthrop – Anthony Coletta
  • Amaryllis – Maya Hunt*
  • Male Ensemble – Tyler Gau, Derek Harper*
  • Teen Ensemble – Caleb McKenzie, Joel Parece, Mikayla Renfrow, Anthony Schaeffer, Kelsey Schwarber*, Cian Steele, Alexandra Stojack, Kat Sweeney
  • Youth Ensemble – Ruthie Darnell, Ben Dropic*, Joe Hamzy, Isabella Lachey, Mark Schutzman*, Aine Steele, Audrey Stith*
    * Returning to The Carnegie stage

Production Team

  • Director – Greg Procaccino
  • Music Direction – Steve Goers
  • Choreography – Maggie Perrino

Select Bios

Dave Wilson – Harold Hill
Dave is making his Carnegie debut as Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN. Dave recently appeared as George Banks in MARY POPPINS with Cincinnati Landmark Productions and Billy Flynn in CHICAGO at The Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre. He has performed on stage and TV/film in New York and Los Angeles. He originated the role of Officer Bell in the off-Broadway production of THE PEOPLE VS. MONA. Regional theater credits include Lt. Joe Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC, Joe Hardy in DAMN YANKEES, Starbuck in 110 IN THE SHADE, Richard Henry Lee and Rutledge in separate productions of 1776, and Curly in OKLAHOMA!, for which he received a Seattle Times Footlight Award. Dave also recently appeared in the feature film Walking with the Enemy, and his TV credits include Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives. Offstage, Dave works for GE Aviation and serves in the Air Force Reserves.

Sarah Viola – Marian Paroo
Sarah Viola has performed operatic and musical theater roles in America and Europe with such companies as Opera Santa Barbara, Eugene Opera, Stockton Opera, New York Lyric Opera, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Highlights of the her career include her Germany debut as Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE in Bavaria, as well as singing in a highly acclaimed concert version of WEST SIDE STORY with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. She has played leading roles in GUYS AND DOLLS, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, CAMELOT, THE MUSIC MAN, and PIRATES OF PENZANCE. As a member of the New York Choral Artists and Concert Chorale of New York, she has performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Royal Concertgeboux. Sarah made her Carnegie debut as Glinda in last season’s THE WIZARD OF OZ. 

Sean P. Mette – Marcellus Washburn
Sean P. Mette is thrilled return to The Carnegie as Marcellus Washburn in THE MUSIC MAN. Mette started his professional theatre career touring with Madcap Puppets and is currently their Bookings and Communications Manager. Previous performances with the Carnegie include CHICAGO, SWEENEY TODD THE UNDERPANTS, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Mr. Mette also performs with the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and countless performances with OTRimprov, where he is a founding member.  

Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 20, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 21, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 22, 3pm
Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 28, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 29, 3pm


  • The 2016-17 Carnegie Theatre Series is sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
  • Season Funder: ArtsWave
  • Presenting Sponsors: Molly & Michael Prues
  • Music Sponsors: Sally & Sandy Thomson
  • Set Sponsor: Graydon
  • Character Sponsor: Chick-fil-A Florence

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY  10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.




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