Robert Preston and the original Winthrup Paroo,
played by Eddie Hodges on Broadway.
Two years later, Eddie performed with Frank Sinatra
in the movie "A Hole in the Head,"
and sang "High Hopes" with him.
Original Broadway cast album...
"Rock Island"...a perennial favorite!
Iggie Wolfington, the original Marcellus Washburn...
and the first Shipoopi-er!
Robert's first musical...
and he got to play opposite Barbara Cook.
Meredith Willson...who based The Music Man
on his childhood life in Mason City, Iowa.
He was a member of John Sousa's band,
which explains a lot! :)