The Music Man and La Bohéme in Seattle this month

The Music Man and La Bohéme arrive in Seattle this month. The Music Man, my all time favorite musical, will be at the 5th Avenue Theatre Feb. 7 through March 10. Alas, tickets range from $55 for the nosebleed section up to $115 for prime seating.

Maybe it’s just as well I can’t see the play. Might be a disappointment having seen Dick Van Dyke live in the stage production of Music Man many years ago in San Francisco. Fabulous. In the Wells Fargo Wagon is a Comin’ scene they used a real live horse! And of course it’s impossible to top and unfair to compare the Robert Preston-Shirley Jones film version—my favorite film musical. So much more cheerful than that depressing Les Misérables.

Seattle Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohéme is coming to McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center Feb. 23 through March 10. Tickets start at $25 and go up to $204, depending on location and time.