Though the new Omicron variant is clearly causing a stir in the travel and entertainment industries, the show must go on. “The Music Man” is one of the most beloved musical theater productions in history.
Hugh Jackman in "The Music Man"
Previews for the show began this week with fans around the world clamoring to New York City to see Hugh Jackman live on stage at the Winter Garden Theatre. The actor most known for his role as Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to musical theater with past roles that showcased his musical talents.
“The Music Man” Opens February 10, 2022 Starring Hugh Jackman
The show is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, who noted in a statement to the press “”The Music Man is a valentine to America, a story about two people who can’t help but fall in love with each other. We have assembled the kind of irresistible cast that our audiences would, similarly, fall hopelessly and helplessly in love with night after night. I feel so lucky to preside over this remarkable group of performers.”
The Casting Announcement
The excitement over Jackman’s casting announcement as Professor Harold Hill extends well past fans. Upon the announcement, co-star Sutton Foster (previously featured in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” “Younger,” “Law & Order: SUV,” and “Elementary.”) commented to members of the press, “There were bells on a hill but I never heard them ringing. No, I never heard them at all. Till there was Hugh." Foster will star in the production as Marian Paroo (often referred to as Marian the Librarian). Producer Scott Rudin expressed his excitement saying, "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.”
"The Music Man"
“The Music Man” made its Broadway debut on December 19, 1957, and captured the hearts of audience members. The production later won five Tony Awards and performed nearly 1400 performances before its closure. Renditions of the show have been performed on stages around the world for decades. In fact, Jackman himself has said, “The first musical I was ever a part of was the phenomenal The Music Man. 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.” He added, “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, and when Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored. To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”