Thursday, May 30, 2024

Broadway Blockbuster Coming in 18 Months as Tony Winner Sutton Foster Tapped to Star with Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” Revival


Doesn’t September 2020 seem a long time from now? By then, we’ll have a presidential race. But that’s another story.

To alleviate the stress, Broadway will have a new blockbuster, a revival of “The Music Man.” Today the producers announced that Hugh Jackman will be joined by Broadway superstar Sutton Foster. Like, wow. That’s huge.

Jerry Zaks is directing, and Warren Carlyle will be choreographer.

Tickets go one sale this September, although group sales begin in June. My guess is a lot of people will form groups so they can get into “Music Man” early.

Of course, the main fear is that this will be a repeat of “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler– meaning hugely expensive, unaffordable tickets. Expect stories about how ticket prices clear $1,000 and so on. And since the show will be aimed at the June 2021 Tony Awards, it will get worse before it gets better. But maybe the stars can reason with producer Scott Rudin so that everyone can see them, not just folks with high net worths.

Roger Friedman
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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