Today in My History
Journal, April 2021
Cast (updated 7/16)
5 July 2021
I spent the afternoon/evening perfectly for the celebration of the 4th of July. The Turner Movie Classic station had great movies all afternoon.
Is there a more perfect holiday movie than The Music Man?
The Music Man has been a big deal in this family for a very long time. It was the first "big" show that Paul was in. He played Winthrop, the little brother of librarian Marian Paroo. Ron Howard (listed as "Ronny Howard") played the role in the movie...at age 6. In the Davis production, Jeri played Amarylis, the girl who takes piano lessons from Marian and does her famous "cross hand piece." My favorite number in the show is, surprisingly not "Gary, Indiana," but "The Wells Fargo Wagon," where Paul has the solo in front of all of the cast.
I'm probably the only person in the world who cries during this number! (The movie is an excerpt of several scenes from the Davis production).
The year after Paul did Music Man in Davis, he did it in the 1200 seat Oakland Woodminster amphitheater....and won Woodminster's award for best juvenile performance for that year.
Then when the show was done in Davis again Paul played Tommy Djilas, the teen age character romancing the mayor's daughter. I always hoped he would go on to play Harold Hill and then Mayor Shinn. He didn't, but he did do the song "Trouble" in one of his solo shows in Davis before he died.
When Music Man was over, TMC showed Yankee Doodle Dandy, the 1942 film about George M. Cohan, which we watched during our 4th of July dinner -- hot dogs, potato chips, macaroni salad, ambrosia and then peach pie. Every time I see this film, I wonder how James Cagney, who was such an amazing singer and dancer, ever got typecast as a gangster later in his career.
When Yankee Doodle Dandy finished, Walt and I watched 1776, the 1972 movie about the writing of the Declaration of Independence, a wonderful movie and very powerful, especially at the end when all the representatives are signing the document.
The dialog in this movie, especially when they read letters from George Washington, remind me of the recent Outlander book I just finished because the things Washington was writing about were happening in the book as well.
Anyway, at the end of the day, it was a good holiday and I
probably felt more patriotic than I would have if Davis had not canceled its 4th
of July celebration.
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