The hugely anticipated Broadway revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man has added four Tony Award winners to its cast, as Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Marie Mullen, and Shuler Hensley join the previously reported leads of Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (as Professor Harold Hill) and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (as Marian Paroo).
The Music Man
Tickets are on sale now for The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, on Broadway.
Two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman returns to the Great White Way to star as Professor Harold Hill in a hugely anticipated Broadway revival of Meredith Willson's 1958 Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" The Music Man. He is joined on stage by none other than two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, who takes on the role of Marian Paroo.
Brought to you by the celebrated creative team and producer behind the Bette Midler-led Tony Award-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man is already tipped to be the hottest ticket of the 2020-2021 Broadway season.
The Music Man first premiered on Broadway back in December 1957 at the Majestic Theatre, taking New York by storm and going on to win a grand total six Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” This new production will mark the show’s third Broadway revival, following a short-lived, Dick Van Dyke-led production in 1980 and, more recently, a well-received revival at the Neil Simon Theatre in 2000.
Hugh Jackman is an international superstar thanks to his movie role as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchize, which also spawned three solo spin-off movies. His final outing as the superhero was in 2017’s “Logan,” which was widely regarded as one of the best of the series. His personal love for musicals is also reflected in his Hollywood career, with a Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated starring turn as Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” and a Golden Globe-nominated and Grammy Award-winning performance as P.T. Barnum in the world-conquering “The Greatest Showman.” However, Jackman’s roots have always been in musical theatre, breaking through in his native Australia with starring roles in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard, making his Olivier-nominated London stage debut in Oklahoma! and finally making waves on Broadway with a Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz in 2003.
Sutton Foster has enjoyed a career as one of Broadway’s leading ladies for two decades now. Although she’s been finding a whole new audience thanks to her role as Liza Miller on TV Land’s “Younger” since 2015, in the hearts of Broadway fans, she is Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, she is Jo in Little Women, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. She hasn’t been seen on the Great White Way since her 2014 Tony-nominated turn in the titular role of Violet, and fans can’t wait to see her back where she belongs.
Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster are a match made in musical theatre heaven and what better way to bring these two stage icons together than in a huge, lavish revival of a Broadway classic? We thought we’d seen the best Broadway had to offer, “Till There Was You,” The Music Man!
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The Music Man follows con man Harold Hill, who poses as a musician and hatches a plot to sell gullible musical instruments and uniforms to townsfolk in the Midwest with the promise to train them and turn them into credible bands. His intentions, however, are to skip town before he gives a single music lesson. Marian, a local librarian and piano teacher, sees right through him and threatens to out him... until the two end up falling in love, of course.