Trivia: The Music Man

  • Development Hell: The producers of the live musicals NBC started airing during The New Tens announced The Music Man as a possible choice for 2015's musical, until they decided to adapt The Wiz instead. However, after The Wiz aired, the producers did admit the possibility of NBC broadcasting The Music Man in a different year.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Semi-averted. The studio wanted a new star for the film but Willson refused. Astounding when you consider Preston had already won a Tony for the role. However, the studio did manage to get their way with Buddy Hackett and Shirley Jones.
    • Played straight in the fact that Meredith Willson wanted the movie to be shot on location (Mason City, IA), particularly at the library. Due to budget reasons, the film was instead shot in Hollywood and as a consolation, the world premiere was held in Mason City.
  • Trope Namers: With a Capital T