|HUGH JACKMAN WILL STAR AS "PROFESSOR" HAROLD HILL IN “THE MUSIC MAN” ON BROADWAY|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:47 am EDT 03/13/19|
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18 MONTHS UNTIL . . .
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD®, GRAMMY AWARD®, & EMMY AWARD® WINNER
RETURNS TO BROADWAY
PROFESSOR HAROLD HILL
QUINTESSENTIAL BROADWAY MUSICAL COMEDY
“THE MUSIC MAN”
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
OPENING NIGHT IS SET FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020
AT A SHUBERT THEATRE TO BE ANNOUNCED
**GROUP TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019**
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New York, NY – Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the two-time Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award-winning star Hugh Jackman will make his highly anticipated return to Broadway in what is widely agreed is the greatest role ever created for an actor in the history of the musical theater: Professor Harold Hill, in Meredith Willson’s beloved classic, The Music Man. The production, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, will begin performances on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and officially open on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at a Shubert theatre to be announced.
One of the most universally cherished treasures of the American musical theater, The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The original cast album held the number one position on the Billboard charts and stayed on the album charts for 245 weeks. The recording won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. In 1962, the show was adapted into a hugely successful movie, which has remained a classic for over 60 years. The Smithsonian Institution ranks The Music Man as one of the “great glories” of American popular culture.
In a statement, Hugh Jackman said, “The first musical I was ever a part of was the phenomenal The Music Man. 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.” He added, “The idea of bringing The Music Man back to Broadway has been lurking in the back of my brain for a long time, maybe even for 35 years, and when Scott Rudin called me with that very idea, I was floored. To finally be doing this is a huge thrill.”
Scott Rudin stated, "There is just no way to accurately describe the level of excitement I feel 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. Although I have spent a lot of time and energy wishing there was a way to stop the passage of time, this is the one moment when I wish it would just move faster. I can't wait for us to begin working on this together in earnest."
From the first time Hugh Jackman set foot on stage in the highly acclaimed National Theatre production of Oklahoma! in 1998, to his Tony-winning, sensation-causing turn as Peter Allen in the 2003 musical The Boy From Oz, his reputation as the world’s greatest living stage star was secured. Though he has returned to Broadway three times since – in two plays and in a solo concert event – this will be Mr. Jackman’s first role in a Broadway musical since his debut more than 16 years ago. He went on to become one of the biggest stars of our time through starring roles in numerous and varied blockbusters, including eight movies in the fantastically successful X-Men series, Les Misérables (for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor), and The Greatest Showman, one of the top-grossing movie musicals of all time.
As if taking on the creation of the book, music, and lyrics of a new musical wasn’t a daunting (and rare) enough feat for one man, Meredith Willson had never so much as attempted to write for the stage before The Music Man. That he managed to conjure such a timeless masterpiece — over the course of a painstaking six-year process immortalized in his memoir, But He Doesn’t Know the Territory — remains one of the greatest and most surprising accomplishments ever achieved in the realm of dramatic literature. As chief theater critic for the Wall Street Journal Terry Teachout wrote, “Willson produced, on his first try, a musical comedy that is impeccable to the point of virtuosity.” After receiving encouragement from his friend and mentor Frank Loesser, and guidance from the legendary producing team of Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin, Willson crafted a story inspired by his own childhood in the small Iowa town of Mason City. He said, "I didn't have to make up anything. I simply remembered Mason City as closely as I could." He modeled the character of young Winthrop Paroo on himself, the librarian Marian Paroo after his own mother – a music teacher -- and the charismatic con man Harold Hill after “so many people that I remember different ones every time I see the show.” After a half-decade of writing and rewriting, the self-described “Iowa-stubborn” Willson finally teamed up with his friend Franklin Lacey to fine-tune the script, and The Music Man was on its way. With the uniquely rhythmic, non-rhyming, never-heard-before style of its musical numbers, and an abundance of American charm, The Music Man garnered an enthusiastic champion in the person of legendary producer Kermit Bloomgarden, who took the reins and shepherded it to its place in Broadway history. Of the 40 songs Willson wrote over those six years, 18 made it into the show’s dazzling score, including such beloved classics as “Seventy-Six Trombones;” “(Ya Got) Trouble;” “Marian The Librarian;” “My White Knight;” “Goodnight My Someone;” “Gary, Indiana;” and “Till There Was You.”
The Music Man reunites the creative team of the Tony Award-winning and record-breaking revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, including (in addition to Rudin, Zaks, and Carlyle), four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), and David Chase (Dance Arrangements). Patrick Vaccariello and Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick join the team as The Music Man’s Musical Director and Orchestrator, respectively.
More details, including the casting of ‘Marian,’ will be announced shortly.
Hugh Jackman (Harold Hill) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award and Tony Award-winning performer who has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona – as successful on stage as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Mr. Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. The Australian native made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the X-Men series, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. He then starred as the title character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel to the popular series which grossed $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release. Audiences once again saw Jackman in the popular role in the next chapter, The Wolverine, which grossed over $400 million worldwide. In 2014, Mr. Jackman and the X-Men team reunited for X-Men: Days of Future Past. He garnered his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables in 2012. Mr. Jackman’s standout performance as Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations (Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role), and a BAFTA Award nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for a Grammy for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the film soundtrack have broken records around the world, reaching multi-platinum status in many countries, including the United Kingdom and United States. In 2009, Mr. Jackman hosted the 81st Annual Academy Awards, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. He also served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row, from 2003 to 2005, earning an Emmy for the 2004 ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his appearance at the 2005 ceremony. Mr. Jackman starred in Logan, the final iteration of his Wolverine character, alongside Patrick Stewart, and additional film credits include Prisoners, Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Woody Allen’s Scoop, Deception, Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate & Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. In addition, he has lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet, Flushed Away, and Rise of the Guardians. On Broadway, Jackman most recently starred as The Man in the highly acclaimed play, The River. In 2011, he made a splash on the Great White Way in his one-man show, Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway. Jackman’s continued dedication to the Broadway community was fêted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Tony Award, recognizing his accomplishments as a performer and humanitarian. In 2009, Broadway audiences could see Jackman in the Keith Huff-penned A Steady Rain, starring alongside Daniel Craig. For his portrayal of the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. His additional theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall; Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination; Sunset Boulevard, for which he garnered Australia’s prestigious Australian Variety Artists’ ‘Mo’ Award; and Beauty and the Beast, for which he received a ‘Mo’ Award nomination. Mr. Jackman’s career began in Australia in the independent films, Paperback Hero and Erskinville Kings. His performance in the latter earned him an Australian Film Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor nomination. In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention. Mr. Jackman was most recently seen in the role of former Senator Gary Hart, in the Jason Reitman directed film The Front Runner. He has also completed production for the feature film Bad Education, co-starring Allison Janney and Ray Romano. Mr. Jackman will begin a worldwide arena tour, The Man. The Music. The Show. in May 2019.
Jerry Zaks (Director). Credits include Hello, Dolly!; A Bronx Tale; Shows For Days; Sister Act; The Addams Family; Guys and Dolls; Six Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor; House of Blue Leaves; The Front Page; A Funny Thing…Forum; Smokey Joe’s Café; Anything Goes; La Cage aux Folles; Little Shop of Horrors; The Man Who Came to Dinner; The Foreigner; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Sister Mary Ignatius...; Beyond Therapy; Baby with the Bath Water; and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Proud father of Emma and Hannah, he has received four Tony Awards and eight nominations. He's also received four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie Award. He directed the film Marvin’s Room, starring Meryl Streep, Leonardo di Caprio, and Diane Keaton. Mr. Zaks is a founding member of the Ensemble Studio Theater. He received the SDC’s George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre and an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth, his alma mater. He is a 2013 inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Warren Carlyle (Choreographer) is a Tony Award-winning director and choreographer who trained in dance at the Central School of Dancing and Performing Arts Norwich, Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. Carlyle began his career as a dancer and, in 1998, was chosen by Susan Stroman to serve as associate choreographer for the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of Oklahoma!, later assisting her on the Broadway musical The Producers. Most recently on Broadway he directed and choreographed After Midnight, Chaplin, the revival of Finian’s Rainbow, the 2015 New York Spring Spectacular starring the Rockettes, and Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway. He choreographed Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!; She Loves Me; On The 20thCentury; The Mystery Of Edwin Drood; A Christmas Story; and the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Mr. Carlyle has won the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the prestigious Astaire Award for choreography. Film and television credits include “The 68th & 69th Annual Tony Awards,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” Deception starring Hugh Jackman, “Carousel, Live from Lincoln Center” (Emmy Award nomination), “Hope and Faith,” “An Evening at the Boston Pops,” and Elton John’s “Made In England” music video. He is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design). Broadway: Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; The Iceman Cometh; Carousel; Hello, Dolly! (Tony Award for costume design); Cafe Crown (Tony for set design); The Cherry Orchard (Tony for costume design); Grand Hotel (Tony for costume design). Eighteen additional Tony nominations. Film credits include Radio Days (Academy Award nomination for production design), Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination for production design), and Zelig (Academy Award nomination for costume design). He received the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration in 2002, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004, received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts in 2006, the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, and the Breukelein Institute Gaudium Award in 2013.
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design). A six-time Tony Award winner, Natasha has designed extensively for theatre, opera, dance, concerts and permanent lighting installations around the world. Her Broadway credits include The Prom; Frozen; Meteor Shower; Springsteen on Broadway; Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler); Cats; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; School of Rock; An American in Paris; Aladdin; The Glass Menagerie; Once; The Coast of Utopia: Salvage; Aida; and Beauty and the Beast. She has had the pleasure of designing the lighting for many ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Ms. Katz is an Open Doors Mentor for TDF.
Scott Lehrer (Sound Design). Recent credits include King Lear; To Kill a Mockingbird; Carousel; Hello, Dolly!; Illyria; The Front Page; The Gabriels; Shuffle Along...; Fiddler on the Roof; Dames at Sea; The King and I (also London); Living on Love; Honeymoon in Vegas; Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance; Love Letters; A Raisin in the Sun; Betrayal; Lucky Guy; South Pacific (first Tony Award for Sound Design); Death of a Salesman; The Apple Family Plays; Scenes From Life in the Country; and over 60 City Center Encores! productions, including Chicago. Recordings include An American in Paris (Grammy Award nomination), Loudon Wainwright’s High Wide and Handsome (Grammy Award), and Meredith Monk’s Mercy. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he currently teaches at Hunter College and was on the faculty of Bennington College from 2002 to 2013.
Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer. Tunick's stage career began with Take Five (1957). He went on to collaborate memorably with Stephen Sondheim, orchestrating shows such as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, Passion, and Putting It Together. Additional notable Broadway credits include Promises, Promises; A Chorus Line; Nick & Nora; A Funny Thing...; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Nine; A Gentleman’s Guide...; and 110 in the Shade. In 1997, he won his first Tony Award, for his work on the musical Titanic. This accomplishment gave Tunick “EGOT” status: one of only 15 people who have received all four major entertainment awards—he had previously received an Academy Award for A Little Night Music (1977), an Emmy Award for Night of 100 Stars (1982) and Grammy Award for "No One Is Alone" from Into the Woods (1988). With over 111 credits to his name over a fifty-year career, Tunick is the most prolific and acclaimed orchestrator on Broadway.
David Chase (Dance Arrangements). With over 35 Broadway productions to his name, Chase has had a prolific career as a dance arranger, music director, and/or music supervisor. Credits include A Funny Thing...; Kiss Me, Kate; Seussical; Follies; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Pajama Game; Curtains; Bye Bye Birdie; Promises, Promises; Anything Goes; Nice Work...; Hello, Dolly!; and Carousel. He has also worked continuously in the West End, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall, and Essential Voices USA. He has received two Emmy Award nominations and a Grammy Award nomination.
Patrick Vaccariello (Music Director). Broadway credits include Cats, Take Me Along, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy, The Boy From Oz, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Annie, On Your Feet!, and many others. Mr. Vaccariello has collaborated with Hugh Jackman as his Musical Director for fifteen years.
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