Iowa Celebrates 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 27, 2021 9:49am

11 Meredith Willson Small

Music Man                                        


Born in Mason City, Meredith Willson (1902-1984) became a famous musician and playwright. His best known musical is “The Music Man,” which drew inspiration from his Iowa childhood. He called it “an Iowan’s attempt to pay tribute to his home state.” It premiered in 1957, ran through 1961, won five Tony Awards, was made into a major motion picture in 1962 -- and will reopen on Broadway this December.