Come next May, audiences will applaud Hugh Jackman during one of the first long-awaited curtain calls of Broadway when the revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opens.
Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and David Geffen announced today (June 24) that the show will kick off previews on April 7, 2021, and open on May 20, 2021, at the Winter Garden Theatre. Rehearsals will commence on Feb. 8. Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will play Professor Harold Hill alongside two-time Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo in the 1957 musical.
“Performing on Broadway is a great honor for an actor; in fact, one of the greatest. No two shows are exactly alike, in large part due to the audience,” Jackman said in a press statement. “Show One is filled with anticipation, fear and excitement. It’s like an opening night eight times a week; the energy in the theater is palpable. It is those same feelings that happen every show thereafter — and you and I are going through it together. The change of dates will not take any of that away. What it will do, however, is help to ensure that The Music Man audiences, and our company, are in a completely safe environment. Can’t wait for that day!”
The production, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, also stars Tony award-winning actors Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, and Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn.
“We’re obviously profoundly disappointed to be unable to start rehearsals for The Music Man as scheduled. But safety is safety, and it has to take precedence over every other consideration — for both our audience and for our company,” Rudin said in the statement. “Despite the postponement, we are sticking together as a company, and we are grateful to be able to do so. And so we look forward arriving at The Winter Garden — with a beautiful, heartening Music Man in tow — at the beginning of April, and to being just one part of what we expect will once again be a vibrant and exciting Broadway.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo abruptly shut down Broadway theaters on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. What was originally anticipated as a month-long lockdown period has currently stretched out until at least Labor Day. Broadway producers began offering refunds and exchanges for all tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6.
The Music Man ticketholders who made their purchase online on Telecharge.com or Broadway.com will be contacted automatically with instructions on exchanges, while those who bought tickets at the physical Box Office should contact Telecharge Customer Services.
The Music Man joins two Lincoln Center Theater productions, the James Lapine-directed Broadway musical Flying Over Sunset and the Off-Broadway production of a new opera Intimate Apparel, set to reopen next spring. Official dates for both shows have yet to be announced.