YMMV / The Music Man

  • Awesome Music: The whole movie, but special mention goes to the opening song, which is rife with Mickey Mousing.
    • "Trouble in River City," especially when sung by Robert Preston, is a classic of the American musical.
  • Covered Up: How many of you knew that The Beatles' hit "'Til There Was You" originated in this musical?
  • Designated Villain: Charlie Cowell, the anvil salesman who hates Hill and wants to expose him as a fraud. He's a little sleazy, hitting on Marian, but he ends the play having probably lost his job and watching Harold Hill get away with everything.
  • Ear Worm: A lot of the songs, including "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little", "Shipoopi", "Ya Got Trouble", "Iowa Stubborn", and "Marian the Librarian."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The song "Gary, Indiana". When The Music Man first debuted in 1957, the song was unintentionally funny due to Gary's reputation at the time as a bustling factory city (U.S. Steel) famous for vice dens of gambling and prostitution. In the present day, Gary is just another dying Rust Belt factory town with large numbers of abandoned buildings.
    • In a bit of historical irony, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was born in Gary, Indiana the year after the musical came out.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Quite a few people think that "Shipoopi" originated on Family Guy.