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 future King of Pop was born in that very state the year after the musical debuted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The salemen on the train are rapping! This concept actually came full circle during the 2014 Tony Awards, when LL Cool J and T.I. performed the song with Hugh Jackman.note 
  • Unacceptable Targets: Meredith Wilson personally wrote in copies of the libretto for ammeter productions not to treat the Iowan's small-town quaintness with derision because, to them, it's not supposed to be ironic.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Quite a few people think that "Shipoopi" originated on Family Guy.

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