This'll be the first Broadway musical Hugh Jackman has led since his Tony-winning turn as Peter Allen in 2003's The Boy From Oz

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March 13, 2019 09:27 AM
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No trouble here! The Music Man is coming back to Broadway with a starry new lead: Hugh Jackman.

The 50-year-old actor will tread the board next season in a revival of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical, playing Harold Hill — the traveling salesman who cons the people of a small Iowa town into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he has no intention to organize.

Performances are set to begin at a theater to be named on Sept. 9, 2020, with an opening set for Oct. 22, 2020.

“The first musical I was ever part of was the phenomenal The Music Man,” Jackman said in a statement. “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,” Jackman continued. “When Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored. To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”

Jackman has first teased the revival on Twitter, Tuesday, sharing a photo of a straw briefcase with the name “Professor Harold Hill” on it. Sitting on top of the bag? A trombone, which references the musical’s most memorable song, “76 Trombones.”

This marks the first Broadway musical Jackman has led since his Tony-winning turn as Peter Allen in 2003’s The Boy From Oz. He returned to the Great White Way in two plays (2009’s A Steady Rain and 2014’s The River) as well as his solo show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, in 2011.

The man who played Wolverine has also taken his musical talents to the big screen. He starred in Tom Hooper’s 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Most recently, Jackman played P.T. Barnum in 2017’s The Greatest Showman.

Recently, Jackman has been prepping to tour his new one-man show, Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.

As Jackman’s first ever solo musical world tour, the show will feature Jackman performing tunes from his projects as well as a sea of other classic musical theatre songs (including those from Oklahoma, one of Jackson’s earliest stage roles). A live orchestra will back him.

The tour will kick off on May 7 in Great Britain before traveling around Europe (with stops in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland and more). By June, it’ll land in North America — beginning with a show in Houston, Texas on June 18. Other stops in the states include Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, St. Paul, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and more.

From there, Jackman will journey home to his native Australia, for a series of dates in August and September.

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The Music Man is one of musical theatre’s most beloved musicals, with the show often performed in high schools and community theaters across the country. Wilson penned the book as well as the music and lyrics of its score, which also features treasured tunes such as “Til There Was You” and “Trouble.”

When it opened on Broadway in 1957, The Music Man earned raved reviews and won five Tonys, including best musical. Its original star, Robert Preston, would go on to reprise his role for a 1962 screen adaptation. 

The show was last on Broadway in 2000, in a revival starring Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker. A 2003 TV film adaptation starred Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

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