Scott Bierko Brings Trouble To River City!
Posted by: Pia Haas on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00:00 am
Scott Bierko as Harold Hill in The Music Man!
I'm a Westchester kid, raised in Rye Brook in the 1960's and 70's when you could leave your car running at the post office and kids came home from school and stayed out on their bicycles until dinner time. My parents got me and my brother, Craig, hooked on music because they always had it on in the house - Dionne Warwick, Herb Albert, Barbara Streisand - not to mention, their favorite musicals like
"The Music Man". My father, Rex, was the first one to sing "Ya Got Trouble" for me and I know he would have loved to play Harold Hill. After all, he was a salesman, one of those talented talkers who definitely knew the territory.My mom, Pat, was a runway model and the president of Harrison Players, a community theater group. That's where the whole family spent many a weekend, not just strutting on stage but painting sets and sweeping the floor. To my mind, my Mom played Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" every bit as well as Faith Prince. Those were magical times when the theater "bug" bit us all. I can still do the dance that the newsboys (Craig, I and a bunch of others) performed in "Gypsy".
I can't remember a time when I didn't know The Music Man! I was lucky to play Harold Hill in 5th grade at Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School in Rye Brook. We had wonderful, crazy teachers like Joyce Gober and Janet Rosenfeldwho believed that 11 and 12 year old kids could do this play. The straw hat from that production sat in my Mom's house for twenty five years.
My next big interaction with MM came in 2000 when brother Craig was cast in the lead role. What a thrill! He was my favorite Harold Hill of all time starring opposite Rebeka Luker.
My favorite shows were the ones from my youth, "Guys and Dolls" and "Pippin". I loved Ben Vereen in that show. My dream role has always been to play Harold Hill, so I'm living a dream right now.
When not on stage, I like spending time with my family, running with my daughter, Steph, and watching movies. I'm a pretty simple guy. Give me a good movie, a bowl of M&M's and I'm pretty content.
On My Ipod? I have everything but Disco!