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December 27, 2012

Small-townies grew up to do big things

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In 1996, Croft received the Richard Tucker Award, which honors an American singer “poised on the edge of a major national and international career.”

Since then, he has traveled all around the world to perform.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director of “The Music Man,” said having Croft perform the role of Harold Hill was a real treat for the production and for Croft’s hometown.

“Croft was born to play Harold Hill; he is passionate about playing him honestly and with great gusto,” she said.

“Although his path took him away from the musical theater, his stature in the opera world certainly gives him the confidence to tackle this iconic role now. He lives authentically inside this story because he has such a connection to the part,” she added.

The opera singer bought his own place here in 2006 and also owns a place in New York City. Croft said his mother and brother, Bob, who drives a bus for Cooperstown Central School, also live in the area.

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