Friday, June 21, 2024

Hugh Jackman’s “Music Man” Broadway Revival Sets Opening for May 2021– After Usual Tony Award Eligibility


I guess producer Scott Rudin doesn’t care if his very very expensive “Music Man” revival gets Tony Awards in 2021.

Rudin has set the date for the opening of “The Music Man” for May 20, 2021. If next year returns to normal, the Tony eligibility period will end on April 30th, 2021.


“The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster was supposed to open this October, but obviously had to be postponed because of coronavirus. Now Rudin says it will begin previews on April 7th at the Winter Garden Theater and open six weeks later.

Meanwhile, all the shows from this season that missed the Tonys will be chomping at the bit to have a regular awards schedule next spring. I can’t think they’re going to wait until “The Music Man” opens and then have the Tonys in when? July?

Rudin doesn’t care. He has his stars and wildly overpriced tickets. But wait– will even Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster merit the kind of price gouging Rudin pulled off for “Hello,Dolly!” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”? That model may be out the window by next spring. It’s hard to imagine that even the most devout theatergoer will want to spend $500 and up on premium seats.

Will there trouble in River City? Stay tuned!

PS One clear sign of trouble in Times Square: McDonald’s announced that they’re closing their four story flagship shop on 42nd St. in the heart of the district. Lit up with neon and glowing as a beacon of the Times Square redevelopment, that McDonald’s is a significant part of The Great White Way. Even though the food is inedible, the situation is dire.

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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