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Road Trippin' Mason City Music Man Square

MASON CITY, IA - (CBS2/FOX28)  When Professor Harold Hill arrives in town he remarks that it's so quiet he might have to create a little controversy to make a buck.  As every Iowan and fan of musicals knows, the lovable con man quickly found there was "Trouble right here in River City, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool!"  What may not be quite as widely known is that the successful Broadway play The Music Man and the wildly popular movie with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones was a tribute from Mason City native son Meredith Willson to his hometown.  Willson recounted many times how River City was the Mason City of his youth and the characters a compilation of so many people he knew and loved in the town he called home until the age of 16.  Meredith Willson was an extraordinarily talented musician who could do it all.  He played instruments, directed bands, hosted radio and television shows, created musicals including The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown and wrote some of the most popular songs in history.  They include 76 Trombones, 'Till There Was You and the holiday standard, It's Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas.  Through all of his incredible success, Willson never forgot his roots, returning to Mason City often to see friends and family.  Today in Music Man Square you can follow his journey, through pictures, videos and artifacts he held dear, including the piano he used to compose so many of his songs.
Come along as we take you ROAD TRIPPIN' to the town where Meredith Willson and Professor Harold Hill still march down main street in Mason City !
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