The Music Man is coming again to Broadway with a starry new lead: Hugh Jackman.
PEOPLE can affirm that the 50-year-old actor will tread the board subsequent season in a revival of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical, enjoying Harold Hill — the touring salesman who cons the folks of a small Iowa city into shopping for devices and uniforms for a band he has no intention to arrange.
Performances are set to start in 2020.
“The primary musical I used to be ever a part of was the outstanding The Music Man,” Jackman stated in a press release to The Hollywood Reporter, who was first to report the information. “The yr was 1983, and I used to be at Knox Grammar Faculty in Sydney, Australia. I used to be one of many touring salesmen, and I feel I can truly (virtually) do not forget that unforgettable opening quantity! That was in all probability the second when the magic of theater was born in me.”
“The concept of bringing The Music Man again to Broadway has been lurking at the back of my mind for a very long time, perhaps even for 35 years,” Jackman continued. “When Scott Rudin referred to as me with that very thought, I used to be floored. To lastly be doing it is a big thrill.”
Jackman has first teased the revival on Twitter, Tuesday, sharing a photograph of a straw briefcase with the identify “Professor Harold Hill” on it. Sitting on high of the bag? A trombone, which references the musical’s most memorable music, “76 Trombones.”
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) March 12, 2019
This marks the primary Broadway musical Jackman has led since his Tony-winning flip as Peter Allen in 2003’s The Boy From Oz. He returned to the Nice White Means in two performs (2009’s A Regular Rain and 2014’s The River) in addition to his solo present, Hugh Jackman: Again on Broadway, in 2011.
The person who performed Wolverine has additionally taken his musical abilities to the massive display screen. He starred in Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation of Les Misérables, incomes an Academy Award nomination for Finest Actor. Most lately, Jackman performed P.T. Barnum in 2017’s The Biggest Showman.
Lately, Jackman has been prepping to tour his new one-man present, Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Present.
As Jackman’s first ever solo musical world tour, the present will function Jackman performing tunes from his tasks in addition to a sea of different basic musical theatre songs (together with these from Oklahoma, certainly one of Jackson’s earliest stage roles). A reside orchestra will again him.
The tour will kick off on Could 7 in Nice Britain earlier than touring round Europe (with stops in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Eire and extra). By June, it’ll land in North America — starting with a present in Houston, Texas on June 18. Different stops within the states embody Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, St. Paul, Boston, New York Metropolis, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Tampa, Salt Lake Metropolis, Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and extra.
From there, Jackman will journey residence to his native Australia, for a sequence of dates in August and September.
The Music Man is certainly one of musical theatre’s most beloved musicals, with the present typically carried out in excessive faculties and group theaters throughout the nation. Wilson penned the guide in addition to the music and lyrics of its rating, which additionally options treasured tunes reminiscent of “Til There Was You” and “Hassle.”
When it opened on Broadway in 1957, The Music Man earned raved critiques and gained 5 Tonys, together with finest musical. Its authentic star, Robert Preston, would go on to reprise his function for a 1962 display screen adaptation.
The present was final on Broadway in 2000, in a revival starring Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker. A 2003 TV movie adaptation starred Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.