Aussie triple-threat Hugh Jackman is planning a comeback to the Broadway stage with the revival of The Music Man in October 2020.
The production will see Jackman in his first stage role since his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy From Oz back in 2003. He also appeared in Broadway plays including A Steady Rain (2009) and The River (2014).
Jackman held a Broadway residency called Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. He performed both Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers with an 18-piece orchestra over two months in 2011. The Music Man opening number “Rock Island” was a part of Jackman’s setlist.
The show made its debut on Broadway in 1957 and earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Jackman will star as the cunning con-man Harold Hill, who poses as a town’s band leader and organiser.
The musical holds a special place in Jackman’s heart as he told Hollywood Reporter that “The Music Man” was the first musical he was a part of.
“The year was 1983, and I was at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. I was one of the travelling salesmen, and I think I can actually (almost) remember that unforgettable opening number! That was probably the moment when the magic of theatre was born in me,” Jackman said.
He made the announcement on social media overnight, giving the date of the opening night.
However, we don’t have to wait long to hear him sing some musical bangers. Jackman will be touring Australia before his Broadway return.
His one-man stage show, “The Man. The Music. The Show” will feature songs from The Boy From Oz, The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and many more. He is also bringing Greatest Showman co-star Keala Settle.
The tour begins in Sydney on August 2 and will go to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth before finishing in Brisbane in early September.
Friday August 2, 2019 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Saturday August 3, 2019 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Sunday August 4, 2019 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Monday August 5, 2019 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Saturday August 10, 2019 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Sunday August 11, 2019 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Tuesday August 13, 2019 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Friday August 16, 2019 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday August 17, 2019 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Sunday August 18, 2019 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Wednesday August 21, 2019 – RAC Arena, WA
Friday August 23, 2019 – RAC Arena, WA
Saturday August 24, 2019 – RAC Arena, WA
Tuesday August 27, 2019 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday August 31, 2019 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sunday September 1, 2019 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tuesday September 3, 2019 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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Written by Olivia Silk