Hugh Jackman to return to Broadway to play ‘Professor Harold Hill’ in ‘The Music Man’

Producer Scott Rudin has announced that Hugh Jackman will make his highly anticipated return to Broadway as Professor Harold Hill in a new production of Meredith Willson’s beloved classic, The Music Man.

Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the production will begin performances on Wednesday 9 September 2020, and officially open on Thursday 22 October 2020, at a Shubert theatre still to be announced.

In a statement, Hugh Jackman 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.”

The Music Man reunites the creative team of the Tony Award-winning and record-breaking revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, including four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), and David Chase (Dance Arrangements). 

Patrick Vaccariello and Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick also join the team as Musical Director and Orchestrator, respectively.

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