Real-life ‘Marian’ surprises audience and cast

More than 1,500 people in attendance at Saturday night’s production of “The Music Man” at Brigham Young University were surprised by a special appearance of the original inspiration for the character “Marian the Librarian.”

Marian Seeley, 84, of Provo, inspired the part when she was living in California during World War II with her husband, Frank, who worked for Armed Forces Radio.

Frank Seeley worked with Meredith Willson, who would later become famous for writing “The Music Man.”

Marian Seeley was working as a medical records librarian at the time, and Willson dubbed her “Marian the Librarian.”

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