Broadway Delays Hugh Jackman’s MUSIC MAN Revival

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Broadway Delays Hugh Jackman’s MUSIC MAN Revival

By Cooper Dowd, Staff Writer

Broadway announced a delay of the revival of Meredith Wilson’s musical THE MUSIC MAN, which stars Movieguide® award-nominated actor Hugh Jackman.

After a recent announcement that Broadway, which shut down in March due to the pandemic, will remain closed until May 30, 2021, the new rendition of THE MUSIC MAN will not hit the stage until December 20, 2021, with the official opening scheduled for February 10, 2022.

Jackman headlines the production as Prof. Harold Hill. Sutton Foster joins Jackman as Marian Paroo.

In the original musical, Hill cons folks in small-town Iowa into buying their children musical instruments.

Wilson’s original musical was made into a movie in 1962 starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.

Jackman is known for his roles on-screen, such as LES MISERABLES, which tells a powerful redemption story. 

Movieguide® nominated LES MISERABLES in 2012 for Best Movies for Mature Audiences. Moreover, Jackman was nominated for the Grace Award for Most Inspiring Movie Performance of 2012 for his role as Jean Valjean.  

Not only is Jackman a role model on stage and the big screen, he also emphasizes the importance of his faith, his wife and his two adopted children. 

Movieguide® previously reported

Speaking of his marriage to Deborra-Lee Furness, “When I met Deb, I knew immediately I was going to marry her. I forced myself to wait six months because I thought, ‘Maybe it is infatuation. I’m too young to know.’ It was ridiculous. Every day love just got deeper. I felt a complete trust with her to be exactly who I am. I don’t have to be any other version of Hugh Jackman for her to love me.”

…Speaking towards his acting, Jackman sees his performances as a way of honoring God. “I’m a religious person. This is going to sound weird to you. In Chariots of Fire the runner Eric Liddell says, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.’ I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage,” Jackman said. “I feel what everyone’s searching for, the feeling that unites us all. Call it ‘God.’ Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of ‘Allow me to surrender.’

Movieguide® has not reviewed the original THE MUSIC MAN from 1962, and cannot advise on the content of Jackman’s new Broadway reboot.

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