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Our guest this week on Writers’ Voices is Randy Hobler. He is a composer, lyricist and book writer of the bio-musical fantasy Banjo Boy, which tells the story of how the ghost of Meredith Wilson (author of The Music Man) goes back in time to attempt to invisibly persuade his teenage self to avoid  three critical life mistakes he made the first time around.

After two successful readings of Banjo Boy in New York City, Randolph Hobler contacted Sondheim Center artistic director Randy West.  Hobler said to West, “I think the world premiere of the first musical based on Iowa’s Meredith Willson should be at the one and only professional musical theatre company in Iowa.”  Listen in on this interview to find out what happened!


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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