Olney Theatre’s Deaf/Hearing Hybrid Staging of ‘The Music Man’ Highlighted by PBS, Shouted Out by Hugh Jackman

by MCS Staff

Olney Theatre is currently presenting a 2.5 hour (with 15 minute intermission) staging of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, which runs until July 24th. It features a cast of Deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing artists, and all shows are performed in ASL and spoken English and open-captioned.

PBS NewsHour recently profiled the production (video available below), which officially opened June 29 and continues through July 24. Actor Hugh Jackman also recently shouted out Olney Theatre’s production and the PBS profile on Instagram, referring to it as “incredibly heartwarming.”

Per Playbill: Deaf actor James Caverly, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, stars as Harold Hill, while Deaf performer Sandra Mae Frank and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Artistic Director Michael Baron co-direct.

For ticket information click here.

Per Olney Theatre: Our revolutionary retelling of this Golden Age classic is sure to be the talk of the DMV – and beyond – in the coming season. With a half Deaf and half Hearing cast, you’ll experience beloved songs like “76 Trombones”. “Til There Was You”, and “Rock Island” like never before. The citizens of River City have got trouble. Only, Harold Hill has them convinced it lays in their pool halls. His solution: a marching band, and he just happens to sell instruments and uniforms. It’s all part of his latest con job. Everyone in town seems to be falling for it, except Marian. The catch is, Harold may be falling for her.

Featuring: James Caverly, Adelina Mitchell, Matthew August, Florrie Bagel, Heather Marie Beck, Sophia Early, Jane G. Enabore, Jay Frisby, Amelia Hensley, Gregory Lopes, Andrew Morrill, Stephen Russell Murray, Anjel Pinero, Mervin Primeaux-Obryant, Nicki Runge, Sarah Anne Sillers, Christopher Tester, Dylan Toms, Visha Vaidya

The Music Man is a family-friendly show and its content is suitable for all ages. However, parents should be aware that Olney Theatre’s bilingual production of The Music Man is performed in American Sign Language with English supertitles. The songs are performed in English with ASL and English supertitles. The dialogue is performed in ASL with English supertitles. The ability to read the supertitles, either projected or via the GalaPro app, is an essential part of the experience for hearing audiences.


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