There is nothing more disarming than the gentle form of flattery that suggests our children have some unsuspected artistic talent. It is this flattery which Harold Hill employs; so cleverly that his confident trick of posing as a Professor of Music claiming to teach boys how to play military band instruments practically overnight, succeeds in town after town until he tries it in River City, Iowa.
Molly Brown rises from a rag-a-muffin tomboy in a tumbledown shanty to become an international heroine. Upon leaving her Irish father’s side she storms the Colorado countryside in search of money and success. In her travels she meets, and later marries, Leadville Johnny Brown who soon discovers one of the largest silver mines in the United States. Now rich, Molly tries to besiege the Denver social register.
Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical (originally titled Here’s Love) tells the tale of a skeptical little girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. When the real Kris Kringle inadvertently is hired to represent jolly St. Nick in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, he must convince the child and her cynical divorced mother (the department store’s special events director) that he’s the genuine article.