->''So what the heck\\
You're welcome\\
Join us at the picnic\\
You can eat your fill\\
Of all the food you bring yourself.\\
You really ought to give\\
A try.''
-->-- '''River Citizens''', "Iowa Stubborn"

This page has tropes with a capital T, and that rhymes with "D", and that stands for "{{Describe|TopicHere}} ''The Music Man'' Here!"

''The Music Man'' is a Tony Award-winning 1957 Broadway musical written by Meredith Willson. Long considered one of the classics of the genre, the theatrical version has been a staple of Summer Stock, HighSchool and Community theatre productions for more than 50 years.

The story involves a con artist rolling into a small town in Iowa, where the people are generally staunch and cynical of any stranger. Using his charm, "Professor" Harold Hill introduces himself as a music teacher, here to organize the easily corrupted youth of the town into a band to keep them out of trouble. His plan is basically charging them through the roof for instruments and the costs of being a teacher, only to run off when the time comes to actually make good on his offer. Unfortunately for him, he starts to get too into the role and gains an attraction to the feisty and independent Marian, the local librarian, who is quick to see through his deception.

Set in 1912, ''The Music Man'' misses TheGayNineties, but not by much, and demonstrates the same nostalgic treatment, while (at least in the film version) [[LampshadeHanging lampshading it.]]

In 1962, it was adapted into a musical film. The film starred Robert Preston, who played in the original Broadway show, as well as Shirley Jones as Marian and a very young Creator/RonHoward as Marian's little brother Winthrop. The film was produced and directed by Morton [=DaCosta=], who'd also directed the original Broadway show, and is more faithful to the show than most musical film adaptations of the era. It was adapted again as a 2003 ''[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents Wonderful World of Disney]]'' remake starring Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/KristinChenoweth. There have been revivals too on Broadway (some of them were in 1981 and in 2000).

!!This musical provides examples of the following tropes:
* ACappella: Both the stage play and the film. Professor Harold Hill teaches the four squabbling members of the school board to sing [[UsefulNotes/BarbershopMusic barbershop]]. All of their performances from then on are a capella. (In both the original production and the film, the School Board was played by [[NamesTheSame The Buffalo Bills]], the 1950 International Quartet Champions of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA).) All the other songs, performed by anyone else, have orchestral accompaniment (with the exception of "Rock Hill", [[ThrowItIn the result of a late pianist during one rehearsal]]).
* AmericanGothicCouple: In "Iowa Stubborn"
* AntiVillain: Mayor George Shinn, who comes across as the bad guy, but after all is only trying to expose a con artist. He's also a bit too much of a boob to be completely unlikable.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivered by an eight-year-old, no less: "''What'' band?"
* AuthorAvatar: River City is based on Meredith Willson's hometown of Mason City, Iowa.
* TheBarnum: Professor Harold Hill, until his HeelFaceTurn.
* BecomingTheMask: Professor Harold Hill.
* BetaCouple: Great Honk! Tommy Djilas and Zaneeta Shinn. Ye Gods![[note]]You watch your phraseology![[/note]]
* TheCharmer: Harold Hill, especially with Marian; he practically works CharmPerson on her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Honestly, Mrs. Shinn, wouldn't you rather have your daughter read a classic than, than ''Elinor Glyn''?" "[[AmbiguousSyntax What Elinor Glyn reads]] is ''her'' mother's problem."
* TheComicallySerious: Mayor Shinn.
* CrowdSong: "Iowa Stubborn"
* CurseOfTheAncients: "Jeely Cly!" onstage and "Great Honk!" in the movie
* DefrostingIceQueen: Marian, with Harold as her defroster.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In the "You Got Trouble" number, Harold Hill whips the crowd into a panic about the fallout of a pool table being available for play. While we know this is a scam, it's still amusing to see the locals get agitated about their kids using language that we consider perfectly innocuous like "Swell" and "So's your old man!"
* DuetBonding: Harold Hill gets the members of the River City school board to engage in barbershop quartet bonding.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: At the end, Harold tries to confess his true identity to Marian, only for her to tell him she's known all along.
* ExactWords: Shows up in a modified form. Marian was the only friend of "miser Madison," an extremely rich man who, upon his death, donated a large amount of property to River City (including the park and gymnasium). He also willed the town the library, but as the Pick-a-Little ladies explain, he only gave the city the ''building''--he left all of the ''books'' to Marian. Since they are her legal property, she's the only one who can have the job as librarian; presumably, Madison sensed that Marian was disliked in the town and did this to ensure that she would always be employed.
* FinalLoveDuet: "Till There Was You"
* FirstNameBasis: Marian's evolving feelings towards Harold are echoed in the way she addresses him. At first she insistently calls him "[[MaliciousMisnaming Mr. Hill]]," then switches to "Professor Hill" once she warms up to him, and then finally to "Harold" after they kiss.
* GenreMotif: Showtunes, anyone?
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mrs. Shinn's delivery of "Baaaaaaaaaaalzac!" sounds like, er, something else. That was intentional.
* GossipyHens: Mrs. Shinn's Ladies Classical Dance Group (AKA the "pickalittle" ladies). Their signature song even has them making birdlike sounds. Lampshaded in the movie with Robert Preston: after the ladies start singing (pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more), the camera switches to a view of their bobbing heads--and then to a group of chickens with the same colors as the ladies’ feathered hats.
* GrandeDame: Eulalie [=McKecknie=] Shinn.
* HotLibrarian: For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin/Any talking out loud with any librarian/Such as Ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-Rian!
* IncessantChorus: The town gossips. "Pickalittletalkalittlepickalittletalkalittle..."
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Inverted when Hill claims to be a graduate of Gary Music Conservatory, gold medal, class of Aught-Five.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Balzac!" Also, "Shipoopi."
* InsaneTrollLogic: From "Ya Got Trouble":
-->It takes judgement, brains, and maturity to score\\
In a baulk line game,\\
I say that any boob can take\\
And shove a ball in a pocket.\\
And I call that sloth.\\
The first big step on the road\\
To the depths of deg-ra-Day--\\
I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon,\\
Then beer from a bottle.\\
An' the next thing ya know,\\
Your son is playin' for money\\
In a pinch-back suit.\\
You got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.\\
Pockets that mark the diff'rence\\
Between a gentlemen and a bum,\\
Trouble with a capital 'T' and that rhymes with 'P' and that stands for 'pool'!
* IWantSong: "My White Knight" and its SpearCounterpart, "The Sadder but Wiser Girl for Me".
** A characteristic piece of brilliance when you realize that the two songs are (musically) counterpoints to each other.
* IrrelevantActOpener: Not only does "Shipoopi" have nothing to do with the plot, it's a word Meredith Willson invented for the show.
* KarmaHoudini: Harold Hill is about to be punished for the crimes of tricking the town out of all their money, and making their children look like idiots by not teaching them how to play their instruments at all. All of this is true, but because the kids show up playing as a band (even though they're not playing very well), Hill gets away with it all.
* KissOfDistraction: Marian Paroo plants one on anvil-salesman Charlie Cowell, in an attempt to keep him from delivering documents that would discredit Harold Hill.
* LadykillerInLove: Harold, with Marian.
* LettingHerHairDown: And taking her glasses off, too.
* LoveEpiphany: Harold has his shortly after Marian reveals that she knew his true identity all along and could have ratted him out at any time, but chose not to.
* LoveableRogue: Professor Hill. And given how much actual good he does -- with Winthrop, Zaneeta and Tommy, and the School Board to name three -- he earns the adjective even more than the noun.
* MajorMinorInconvenience: The new pool table, owned by Mayor Shinn. You've got trouble, my friends!
* MakeAWish: "Goodnight, My Someone"
* MakeOutPoint: Cars aren't widespread enough for this trope to be played straight, but the youngsters can still go to "the footbridge" to kiss. Marian even bemoans the fact that it's taken her so long to meet a guy there.
* {{Malaproper}}: Mayor Shinn practically has his own version of the English language.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Since Marian is skeptical about Harold's qualifications, she pointedly calls him "Mister Hill" instead of "Professor Hill".
* MathematiciansAnswer:
-->'''Harold Hill''' [having just arrived in River City, Iowa]: Excuse me, friend. Where would I find a good hotel?
-->'''River City Resident''': Try the Palmer House in Chicago.
* MoralGuardians: Mocked. Professor Hill uses his EveryoneIsSatanInHell arguments to pad out his con.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Inverted repeatedly by Professor Hill who distracts the School Board from seeking his credentials by forming them into a [[UsefulNotes/BarbershopMusic barbershop quartet]].
* MyGirlIsASlut: In "The Sadder But Wiser Girl for Me," Harold sings about how he prefers to date girls who've been around the block. Ironically, he ends up falling for [[OldMaid Marian]].
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Invoked by Harold Hill, who decries "Ragtime/shameless music" and a whole host of other things. Ya got trouble, I say!
* NonIndicativeName: "Miser" Madison, who donated a significant amount of real estate to River City.
* NotStayingForBreakfast
* OldMaid: Marian. Amaryllis also fears becoming one of these.
* PatterSong: "Rock Island" and "Ya Got Trouble".
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Shipoopi
* PosthumousCharacter: "Miser" Madison. Also Winthrop's father, though we hear less about him.
* RealityEnsues: The band plays as well as "The Think System" would work, but they're close enough to ''Minuet in G'' that the parents don't really care that it's kind of terrible.
* RefugeInAudacity: Harold Hill's stock in trade.
* RunningGag: Professor Hill manages to get the bickering town council to sing barbershop quartet standards to distract them from properly investigating his credentials.
* SacredHospitality: Inverted in "Iowa Stubborn." The townsfolk are proudly cold and hostile to outsiders.
* SettingIntroductionSong: The second song in the show is "Iowa Stubborn", which introduces the audience to the small town of River City, Iowa and the attitude of its citizens.
* SlipperySlopeFallacy: {{Invoked}} by Prof. Hill in "Ya Got Trouble." He claims a pool table will lead to drinking, gambling, smoking, and using words like [[{{Beat}} (gasp!)]] "swell."
* SnakeOilSalesman: The aforementioned Prof. H. Hill.
* SpeechImpediment: Winthrop's lisp.
* TakeItToTheBridge: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge.
* TarAndFeathers: The anvil salesman refers to tar and feathers.[[note]]Although tarring and feathering was uncommon by 1912, when this is set, isolated incidents were recorded in the United States as late as 1918.[[/note]]
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong:
** "Shipoopi". Again.
** Also "Lida Rose", although all Harold Hill has to do is get the song started and the school board takes it from there.
* TheMusicMeister: Harold Hill frequently keeps his con going whenever someone questions the logic of what is going on by getting everyone to start singing. The School Board is the most frequent victim, but the Ladies Auxiliary is not immune. Characters eventually start protesting this tactic but don't seem to be able to stop.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: "You Got Trouble"
* TitleDrop: "He's a music man/and he sells clarinets", although slightly later the Professor points out that he hasn't dropped his name, at least.
* VerbalTic:
** Zaneeta, ye Gods!
** Tommy, great honk / Jeely cly!
** Mayor Shinn, watch your phraseology!
** Mrs. Shinn, [[GratuitousLatin tempus fugit!]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Marian keeps the incriminating page.
* WelcomingSong: "Iowa Stubborn", in which the inhabitants of River City sing about how they're all {{Jerkass}}es,
-->"But what the heck, you're welcome,
-->Join us at the picnic.
-->You can eat your fill
-->Of all the food you bring yourself."

!!The 1962 film also has examples of:

* AgonyOfTheFeet: Charlie the anvil salesman ends up dropping his sample case on his foot.
* GirlishPigtails: Amaryllis.
* LargeHam: Paul Ford as Mayor Shinn and Creator/BuddyHackett as Marcellus Washburn.
* MaltShop, complete with SweetheartSipping: Even though it's not TheFifties. Weird.
** Not too weird. Soda fountains have been around since about 1800 and were insanely popular by 1912. There was no place that did not have them. The operator was a "soda jerk", because they pulled a lever to dispense soda water which would then be mixed with different flavors (like a sno-cone). It could get very elaborate. Today's coffee places and baristas are their descendants.
* StopMotion: The animation of the toy soldiers in the opening credits sequence.

!!The 2003 film also has examples of:

* BlackVikings
* TruerToTheText: One can read the script for the play and see that this film actually uses the script in contrast to the 1962 film that merely rewrote the entire thing and left the songs as they were.