Sunday, July 10, 2016

Harold Hill And Saul Goodman Are Merging In My Mind

Since I've been Stage Manager of "The Music Man" at DMTC and also suddenly become more interested in the Midwestern roots of the TV series "Better Call Saul", it's easier than ever to see points in common. Harold Hill is Saul Goodman 1.0, or Saul Goodman is Harold Hill 2.0. Both represent a specific American type that never goes out-of-fashion - the charming, fast-talking traveling salesman. "The Gary Conservatory Gold Medal Class of Aught-5" = "Go Land Crabs". Saul's Chicago is just a few miles from Harold's Gary, just 90 years later. River City = Albuquerque. Etc.

I even had a dream about an underground theatrical pavilion right at the Illinois/Indiana state starring both Harold Hill and Saul Goodman. They are merging in my mind.

DMTC's production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" closed today. I will miss Richard Wall's portrayal of Harold Hill. Here is Robert Preston's portrayal of Harold Hill from the movie:

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