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!


Hope you have had the chance to listen to the CD "...and then I wrote the Music Man." It is the story told and the songs sung by Meredith and Rini Willson released 12/19/57. There should be 3 copies floating around the WBT. While in H.S. I ushered at the the Schubert in Chicago during the Music Man National Company run. The night before an oral book report was due I decided it was time to find something to "report!" I was majoring in Procrastination! I had the Music Man script book, loads of pictures from the show and of course had seen the show 7 times a week for several weeks, so had the "Pool Song" down pat. The teacher was impressed with how much work she thought I had put into that report, which earned an "A"!! My husband and I can't wait to see your rendition opening day. We love the WBT, and haven't missed a show in years. My Service Dog is a regular too, so it has become a family affair!

As memories are flooding my mind, the one that stands out happened one night at the end of the first act. We had a live horse who came out pulling the Wells Fargo Wagon. We had a very distinguished Southern gentlemen who was our nightly manager, Hovis Trail. Hovis really added class to that theatre, but this one night he came running out to the lobby absolutely bursting with enthusiasm, telling everyone that "the horse had done lolly all over the stage." Wouldn't have been so bad, but the orchestra pit was under the stage, and stuck out a bit. I am sure this loses something in the translation, but seeing this very slow-speaking, distinguished Southern gentleman jumping up and down because the horse had done lolly all over the stage at the time was so out of character, and at the time absoluely hilarious.

Anyway, can't wait to see you on Thursday. Have a great run!!
Posted by: Annette Smith on July 2, 2012 at 10:45:00 pm

Beth, he's very excited. We are big supporters of each other and lightening has definitely struck twice for us!
Posted by: pia on June 30, 2012 at 10:04:00 pm

I saw your brother Craig perform that role on Broadway,he was magnificent! What a joy it will be for him to see you reinvent such a treasured role once again!
Posted by: Beth Zucker on June 23, 2012 at 3:12:00 pm

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