Cue the 76 trombones! Hugh Jackman will star in a Broadway revival of The Music Man in 2020. He’ll play “Professor” Harold Hill — a role originated on stage by Robert Preston in 1957 — a con man who falls for a librarian named Marian in River City, Iowa.
“It’s a really difficult thing to find 18 months of your life to go on Broadway,” Hugh, 50 — who hit a high note with 2017’s big-screen musical The Greatest Showman — previously told the NY Post. “But I’m ready, so I’ll be going back.”
Hugh has loved the show for decades. “The first musical I was ever part of was the phenomenal The Music Man,” he said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
Although Hugh will be gone for 18 months to star on Broadway, his family might not miss him too much because he recently revealed to NME that his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and their kids — Oscar, 18, and Ava, 13 — are “so sick” of hearing his Greatest Showman soundtrack.
“It’s not my world. I’m not a recording artist, I’ve done a few cast albums, so my kids and even my wife are getting so sick of it,” he jokingly admitted. “They’re like, ‘It’s the 20th week at No. 1!’ [But] I’m still excited about it!” And why shouldn’t he be? The Greatest Showman got so many great reviews that the film’s director, Michael Gracey, has already revealed that he’s currently working on a sequel.
“When a movie becomes as big a success as this, it’s only natural there is a demand for a sequel,” he recently told The Sun. “So those discussions have started and we are working on one right now.” We can’t wait for Hugh to return to the big screen as P.T. Barnum!
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