Hugh Jackman is set to lead the cast of the Broadway revival of The Music Man in 2020, according to THR. This show will mark its return to the Great White Way after 16 years. The news came from producer Scott Rudin, and Jackman posted an image on his Twitter account. Jerry Zaks will direct the revival, with Warren Carlyle as choreographer.
Jackman will play the lead role of Professor Harold Hill, who comes to a small town in Iowa. He claims that he will set up a boys’ marching band, despite the protests of the librarian Marian, who rightly believes he is going to abscond with the money.
“The first musical I was ever part of was the phenomenal The Music Man,” said Jackman in a statement to the site. “The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the traveling salesmen, and I think I can actually (almost) remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theater was born in me.”
“The idea of bringing The Music Man back to Broadway has been lurking in the back of my brain for a long time, maybe even for 35 years,” continued Jackman. “When Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored. To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”
“There is just no way to accurately describe the level of excitement I feel about the opportunity to present Hugh in what I think is the best role ever written for an actor in all of Broadway musical theater,” added Rudin.
The Music Man first premiered on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in 1957, where it won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Previews will begin on September 9, 2020, with the opening night set for October 22, 2020. Group sales will begin on June 9, 2019 and single tickets will be available on September 15, 2019. Visit MusicManonBroadway.com for updates.