We all know that Hugh Jackman is “the greatest showman” and now it looks like he’s ready to return to where it all started. On Wednesday (March 13), the performer announced plans to return to Broadway in 2020. Taking to social media, Jackman revealed that he will star in the upcoming revival of Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic “The Music Man.”
Jackman will play the role of Harold Hill, a con man whose latest scheme involves posing as the organizer of a boys’ marching band in a ploy to run away with all the money he collects for instruments and uniforms.
Jackman is no stranger to the Broadway stage having performed in several productions including “Oklahoma!” and his one-man show.
His role as Hill will mark the first time in over a decade that the actor will perform on a Broadway stage. His last Broadway role as Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz” earned him a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
Group tickets go on sale on June 9, 2019, while single tickets go on sale Sept. 15, 2019.
Previews for the show begin on Sept. 9, 2020, with opening night taking place a few weeks later on Oct. 22, 2020. The show will take over one of the Shubert Organization’s theatres.
Before returning to Broadway, Jackman will spend most of the spring and summer months on the road for his “The Man. The Music. The Show” one-man show.
The first leg of the tour will find Jackman performing at venues across Europe with stops in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester, and Dublin. The 12-stop jaunt will begin on May 13 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany and conclude with a two-night engagement at the O2 Arena in London on June 2 and 3.
Following a couple of weeks off, Jackman will journey across the pond for the United States-centric leg of the tour. The 22-stop excursion will begin on June 18 at the Toyota Center in Houston and conclude with a double-night engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 19 and 20.
The show’s set list will include songs from his past films like “The Greatest Showman” and “Les Miserables” as well as Broadway songs from productions like “Oklahoma!” and “The Boy from Oz.” The full list of tour dates can be found here.