ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman’s return to the Great White Way, which was affected by the COVID-19 shutdown of Broadway that began March 12, will begin performances April 7, 2021.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Broadway itself has a lot riding on Jackman’s lead in The Music Man, post shutdown: the play’s official opening date is May 20 of next year.
Tony winner Jackman will team up with stage and screen vet Sutton Foster, who was to play his co-star before the play was delayed.
Incidentally, Jackman appeared in The Music Man before — in 1983, as a high school student. However, he admitted to ABC’s Good Morning America last year that he lost out on the main role, con man Harold Hill, and instead played ‘Salesman #2.’
“Clearly, the chip on my shoulder not getting the lead prepared me for the next 37 years,” he joked.
While Broadway productions are still dark, The Hollywood Reporter notes that a January return is being rumored, but a “more realistic” reopening would be March or April — meaning The Music Man would be the highest-profile production to help the New York theater community get back off the ground.
“Performing on Broadway is a great honor for an actor, in fact, one of the greatest,” said Jackman in a statement. “Show One is filled with anticipation, fear and excitement. It’s like an opening night eight times a week…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!”
By Stephen Iervolino
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