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On Cranford Radio With “The Music Man”

(l-r) Misti Dawn Garritano, Paul Aiello, Bernie Wagenblast, Mary Webb, Ken Webb. Credits: C. Cardozo
Cranford Radio And Music Man Cast Credits: C. Cardozo

Bernie Wagenblast - transportation communicator and one time voice of Shadow Traffic on WABC and WINS - stopped by the Cranford Dramatic Club theatre to interview the directors and cast members of "The Music Man" for Cranford Radio, which strives to inform town residents about what is happening in their town in their own voices.

“The Music Man,” with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey tells the iconic story of Harold Hill, who goes to River City, Iowa, to create a boys’ band and to sell instruments. Harold cons the naive townspeople of their money and plans to skip town. Marian Paroo, the prim librarian, is onto him, but when he helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions, she begins to fall in love with him. Harold falls for Marian as well, but risks being caught in his con if he continues to woo her.

The production is directed by Ken and Mary Webb, and features Paul Aiello and Misti Dawn Garritano as “Professor” Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. And while the 1957 Broadway début had seventy-six trombones leading a parade, CDC's “parade” will include over 30 cast members.

Cast And Crew

Director - Ken Webb (Cranford)

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Director,Choreographer - Mary Webb (Cranford)

Musical Director - Markus Hauck (Montclair)

Lighting Designer - Jack Frey (Westfield)

Producer - Liz Howard (Cranford)


Harold Hill - Paul Aiello (Jersey City)

Marion Paroo - Misti Dawn Garritano (Garwood)

Mayor Shinn - Henri Barre (Basking Ridge)

Eulalie Shinn - Judi Laganga (Roselle Park)

Mrs Paroo - Maureen Monroe (Cranford)

Quartet - Andrew King (Clark)

Quartet - Michael Dooley (Cranford)

Quartet - Mark Douches (Scotch Plains)

Quartet - Rick Brown (Verona

Pick A Little - Patricia Pineda (Astoria)

Pick A Little - Becky Randazzo (Cranford)

Pick A Little - Anita Esteve (Pompton Plains)

Pick A Little - Joanne Geschickter (Westfield)

Marcellus Washburn - Fausto Pimentel (Astoria)

Charlie Cowell - FJ De Robertis (Westwood)

Tommy Djilas - Bart Lahiff (Cranford)

Winthrop Paroo - Jacob Lesser (Gillette)

Zaneeta Shinn - Hannah Postlewait (Scotch Plains)

Amaryllis - Jessica King (Clark)

Ensemble - Joe Leo (Cranford)

Ensemble - Richard Zielski (Rahway)

Ensemble - Chris Geschickter (Westfield)

Ensemble(Child) - Bridget Webb (Cranford)

Ensemble(Child) - Colleen Webb (Cranford)

Ensemble(Child) - Nina Randazzo (Cranford)

Ensemble(Child) - Ava Ferentinos (Cranford)

Ensemble(Child) - Lindsay Geschickter (Westfield)

Ensemble(Teen) - Tim Dooley (Cranford)

Ensemble(Teen) - Shannon Thornton (Cranford)

Ensemble(Teen) - Tessa Ferentinos (Cranford)

Ensemble(Teen) - Julia Guarneri (Fanwood)

Ensemble(Teen) - David Tibbs (Roselle Park)

Ensemble(Teen) - Julianne Salemy (Westfield)

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

Tickets to all performances are on sale online at, or by stopping by the Box Office at 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford, during a performance.

The 2012-13 season is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through grants administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

CDC Theatre is a non-profit, all volunteer, community theatre offering award-winning plays and musicals since 1919. One of the longest continuously producing theatre groups in New Jersey, it reaches out to all audiences, offering senior rates, family oriented theatre, and provisions for those needing assistance.

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