Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in an upcoming revival of Meredith Willsonâ€™s â€œThe Music Man.â€ It marks Jackmanâ€™s first musical role in more than a decade, which should make it a hot ticket. His last one, â€œThe Boy From Oz,â€ resulted in a Tony Award for best actor.
Jackman will play con man Harold Hill, a role made famous on screen and stage by the late Robert Preston. The show follows Hillâ€™s latest scheme, one that finds him posing as the head of boysâ€™ marching band (cue â€œ76 Trombonesâ€). Scott Rudin will produce the revival.
On Twitter, Jackman said â€œThe Music Manâ€ will come to Broadway on Oct. 22, 2020.
Jackmanâ€™s recent film roles include the smash hit â€œThe Greatest Showman,â€ as well as the Gary Hart biopic â€œThe Front Runner.â€ His other credits include â€œLogan,â€ â€œThe Prestige,â€ and â€œThe Fountain.â€ On stage, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the plays â€œA Steady Rainâ€ and â€œThe River.â€ He is currently touring his one-man stage show, singing songs from â€œThe Boy From Oz,â€ â€œThe Greatest Showmanâ€ and other musicals.
Rudin has had a busy season on Broadway, producing â€œThe Waverly Gallery,â€ â€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,â€ a revival of â€œKing Learâ€ with Glenda Jackson, and several other shows.
In an interview with Variety last winter, Jackman said he hopes there will be a stage version of â€œThe Greatest Showmanâ€ at some point.
â€œIâ€™ve heard a bunch of different ideas and hopefully when those happen Iâ€™ll be involved in some way, shape, or form,â€ he said. â€œI know it works. Thereâ€™s elements of the movie that would be even more powerful live.â€