Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in an upcoming revival of Meredith WillsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Music Man.Ã¢â‚¬Â It marks JackmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first musical role in more than a decade, which should make it a hot ticket. His last one, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Boy From Oz,Ã¢â‚¬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 HillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest scheme, one that finds him posing as the head of boysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ marching band (cue Ã¢â‚¬Å“76 TrombonesÃ¢â‚¬Â). Scott Rudin will produce the revival.
On Twitter, Jackman said Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Music ManÃ¢â‚¬Â will come to Broadway on Oct. 22, 2020.
JackmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent film roles include the smash hit Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Greatest Showman,Ã¢â‚¬Â as well as the Gary Hart biopic Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Front Runner.Ã¢â‚¬Â His other credits include Ã¢â‚¬Å“Logan,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Prestige,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Fountain.Ã¢â‚¬Â On stage, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the plays Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Steady RainÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“The River.Ã¢â‚¬Â He is currently touring his one-man stage show, singing songs from Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Boy From Oz,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Greatest ShowmanÃ¢â‚¬Â and other musicals.
Rudin has had a busy season on Broadway, producing Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Waverly Gallery,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“To Kill a Mockingbird,Ã¢â‚¬Â a revival of Ã¢â‚¬Å“King LearÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Greatest ShowmanÃ¢â‚¬Â at some point.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard a bunch of different ideas and hopefully when those happen IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be involved in some way, shape, or form,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know it works. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s elements of the movie that would be even more powerful live.Ã¢â‚¬Â