He’s nonetheless gearing up for his “The Man. The Music. The Show” tour — nonetheless Hugh Jackman is already set to be Broadway’s subsequent “Music Man.”
The “Wolverine” star teased the probability Tuesday by the use of an Instagram image of a journey trunk bearing the determine tag of the 1957 Meredith Wilson musical’s lead character.
But he had already warned us this was in the works.
“It’s been so great …to be able to dip in and out [of the stage] in between movies,” Jackman knowledgeable The Post in December 2018. “It’s a really difficult thing to find 18 months of your life to go on Broadway — but I’m ready. So I’ll be going back.”
Producer Scott Rudin formally confirmed Jackman’s casting in his revival of “The Music Man” Wednesday morning, telling The Hollywood Reporter he was psyched “about the opportunity to present Hugh in what I think is the best role ever written for an actor in all of Broadway musical theater.”
The Tony winner will star as a result of the “Professor” Harold Hill, a fascinating touring con man who poses as small-town marching band chief in Iowa. He secretly scams to steal cash he collects for musical units and uniforms — nonetheless uptight librarian Marian sees via his rip-off and plans to expose him.
Until they fall for each other, in any case. (The Hollywood Reporter says a “leading New York stage star who has been absent from Broadway for the last few years” is rumored to co-star as Marian.)
“The first musical I was ever part of was the phenomenal The Music Man,” Jackman talked about in an announcement. “The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the traveling salesmen, and I think I can actually almost remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theater was born in me.”
Jackman has nearly confirmed a golden ticket for theatrical producers since his 2003 Broadway debut as Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz.” Limited engagements adopted in 2009’s “A Steady Rain” and “The River” in 2014.
“The Music Man” revival, to be directed by Jerry Zaks (“Hello, Dolly”), will begin previews at a Shubert Theatre on Sept. 9, 2020. Opening night is Oct. 22. Ticket product sales launch June 9.