“But He Doesn’t Know the Territory”

The Story behind Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

2020
Author:

Meredith Willson
Foreword by Michael Feinstein

“But He Doesn’t Know the Territory”

Chronicles the creation of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man—reprinted now as the Broadway Edition


Now featuring a new foreword by noted singer and educator Michael Feinstein, Meredith Willson’s whimsical, personable writing style brings readers back in time with him to the 1950s to experience firsthand the exciting trials and tribulations of creating a Broadway masterpiece.

Composer Meredith Willson described The Music Man as “an Iowan’s attempt to pay tribute to his home state.” Now featuring a new foreword by noted singer and educator Michael Feinstein, this book presents Willson’s reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America’s most popular musicals. Willson’s whimsical, personable writing style brings readers back in time with him to the 1950s to experience firsthand the exciting trials and tribulations of creating a Broadway masterpiece. Fresh admiration of the musical—and the man behind the music—is sure to result.


“But He Doesn’t Know the Territory”

Meredith Willson (1902–1984) was a renowned composer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man and composing the music for The Unsinkable Molly Brown.



Michael Feinstein is a Grammy-nominated entertainer and educator. He is founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation and author of The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs.


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