Monday, May 27, 2024

Broadway: Better News is That Hugh Jackman’s Preparing a Revival of “The Music Man” (See Video), There’s Trouble in River City


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Hugh Jackman has just Tweeted a picture of Harold Hill’s suitcase. Who is Harold Hill? Why he’s the Music Man, and I guess he’s coming to town soon. There will be trouble in River City again. The show is coming in September 2020. Jerry Zaks is directing. Warren Carlyle is choreographer. They’ll be shooting for the 2021 Tony Awards.

Scott Rudin is producing. Will “The Music Man” have $1000 seats, like “Hello, Dolly!”? You can bet on it.

Jackman can do musicals. He loves musicals. He once performed Harold Hill’s big number for Jay Leno:

And while this is all good, and Jackman will be excellent, let’s never forget Robert Preston, kids.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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