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May 11, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"The Music Man," the first American musical ever staged in China, opened in Beijing on Friday with an old-fashioned production of the 1957 Broadway show about swindler-salesman Harold Hill and his escapades in River City. "Seventy-six Trombones" rang through the Tianchao Theater as the all-Chinese cast of 60--many of them in blond, red and light brown wigs--danced and sang to Meredith Willson's score. The production was translated into Chinese, but the only other apparent concession to Chinese culture was a Chinese flag carried with an American one in the final scene.

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