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->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\\
Iowa\\
A try.
-->-- River Citizens, "Iowa Stubborn"

''This page has "Trouble" with a "T", and that rhymes with "D", and that stands for "[[DescribeTopicHere Describe The Music Man Here]]".''

''The Music Man'' is a Tony award winning Broadway musical. 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. There is a classic 1962 film version starring Robert Preston of the original 1957 production, and also a 2003 ''[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents Wonderful World of Disney]]'' remake starring MatthewBroderick and KristinChenoweth.

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.]]
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!!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 Barbershop. All of their performances from then on are a capella. All the other songs, performed by anyone else, have orchestral accompaniment. (In both the original production and the film, the School Board was played by the 1950 International Quartet Champions of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA).)
* AmericanGothicCouple: In "Iowa Stubborn"
%%* AntiVillain: Mayor George Shinn.
* 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!
* 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."
* ComicallySerious: 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 about 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 Marion 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?
* 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!"
* InsaneTrollLogic: "You got trouble, and that starts with 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.
* LiteralGenie: A minor example:
-->'''Harold Hill''': Excuse me, do you know where I could find a good hotel?
-->'''River City Resident''': Try the Palmer House, Chicago.
* 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 Lampshades 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".
* 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 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!
* NotStayingForBreakfast
* OldMaid: Marian. Amaryllis also fears becoming one of these.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Shipoopi
* RefugeInAudacity: Harold Hill's stock in trade.
* 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.
* 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!
* 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."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Nobody mentions anything about the pool table anymore . . .
* WithACapitalT: The show-stopper "Ya Got Trouble".

!!The 1962 film also has examples of:

* AgonyOfTheFeet: Charlie the anvil salesman ends up dropping his sample case on his foot.
* GirlishPigtails: Amaryllis.
* MaltShop, complete with SweetheartSipping: Even though it's not TheFifties. Weird.

!!The 2003 film also has examples of:

* BlackVikings

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