At this point in his career, we have a feeling there’s very little Hugh Jackman couldn’t pull off. Name any other Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor who has also brought stardom to a superhero role (Wolverine), hosted awards shows, had his own Broadway show, earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and brought musical theatre to life on the big screen (Les Miserables).
So the fact that Jackman is now bringing the role of Harold Hill in The Music Man to life on Broadway is really no surprise. But it does kind of inspire us to book a ticket to New York City.
Jackman confirmed the news on his Instagram account Wednesday with a simple picture of Harold Hill’s suitcase and the show’s release date: Oct. 22, 2020.
Meredith Willson’s The Music Man revolves around a conman (Hill) who travels from town to town posing as a boys’ band organizer, with no intention of ever training the kids he cons in the musical arena. But when he meets a woman who sees straight through him he falls in love, and risks everything in order to be with her.
Jackman is far from the first celebrity to play the notable role; Matthew Broderick starred in a made-for-TV version back in 2003 opposite Kristin Chenoweth that garnered mixed reviews. According to Playbill, the last time the musical was on Broadway happened during a revival starring Craig Bierko (unREAL) and Rebecca Luker way back in 2000.
As for Jackman, well he’s said in the past that The Music Man influenced him growing up—it was his first taste of musical theatre in high school, and at the 2014 Tony Awards he rapped the show’s “Rock Island” lyrics with T.I. and LL Cool J.
This will be his first Broadway stint in a while, though. He first debuted there in 2003 as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, and went on to star in A Steady Rain and The River before his own Broadway concert kicked off in 2011. So far there are no other casting details, but given Jackman’s chops we’re sure actors will be lining up all the way to Times Square for an opportunity to co-star.
After all, you only come across “one giant star and 76 trombones,” so often.broadwayharold hillhugh jackmanthe music mantrending