The Music Man creates important new programs

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The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster opened on Broadway in a grand manner this past week. With star studded guests walking the red carpet, and high school marching bands welcoming excited guests outside the theatre, it has been proclaimed a smash hit.

And now the major producers have announced that the revival will make available 10,000 tickets at $20 each to New York City students, their families, and teachers to help make Broadway more accessible.

Specific initiatives have been outlined to further this effort:

Teachers Night Out-teachers from the five boroughs are invited to attend for $20 on various Tuesdays throughout the production’s run.

Family Shows-each Wednesday night 10 families from under-resourced communities will be accommodated.

Classroom Tickets-3,500 tickets will be allotted annually and offered to schools and education non-profits.

Student Matinees– the show will celebrate “back-to-school” month on two Wednesdays in September, providing tickets to 600 students at each matinee, followed by a cast talk back.

Some wonderful programs have been created from this show that first hit the boards in 1957. Obviously, the producers expect a nice, long, healthy run, providing confidence that Broadway is coming back!



  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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