March 13, 2019 at 6:26 am #1202814931
After rumors previously started yesterday, it was just announced that producer Scott Rudin will be bringing the 1957 Tony-winning classic musical, The Music Man, back to Broadway in October 2020 with Hugh Jackman in the starring role of Harold Hill. I can already predict that this is going to be Broadway biggest musical event since Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Speaking of which, Rudin has also reassembled the same creative team from his 2017 award-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! for this production, including director Jerry Zaks and choreographer Warren Carlyle.
Very interesting for Scott Rudin to open this the season after his upcoming revival of West Side Story knowing how that show not only originally opened the same season as The Music Man, but they both also went head-to-head at the 1957 Tony Awards.March 13, 2019 at 8:49 am #1202815046
They should get Kelli O Hara or Kristin Chenoweth for Marian ParooMarch 13, 2019 at 10:06 am #1202815156
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “A leading New York stage star who has been absent from Broadway for the last few years is believed to be on board to play Marian and will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”March 13, 2019 at 10:21 am #1202815173
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “A leading New York stage star who has been absent from Broadway for the last few years is believed to be on board to play Marian and will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”
That would describe Chenoweth. She’s already played the role in a TV movie.March 13, 2019 at 10:26 am #1202815176
I’ve seen some people guessing that as well as Sutton Foster.March 13, 2019 at 10:46 am #1202815194
I think Menzel is more of a mezzo. Marian doesn’t suit her voice well. She has also expressed interest in doing only original works.April 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm #1202852607
Regardless of how well this production does at the 2021 Tonys, I can definitely see it sweeping the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards that year due to the Hugh Jackman-Sutton Foster pairing alone.June 20, 2020 at 7:05 am #1203543454
Filmmaker Michael Mann is planning to shoot his next movie, Ferrari, next spring with Hugh Jackman attached to star.
With Broadway being shutdown for a while (likely to reopen in January), what could this mean for The Music Man? On the one hand, I could see Scott Rudin at least delaying the production, especially given that director Jerry Zaks was in the middle of previews for Mrs. Doubtfire before the shutdown began. On the other hand, actor, playwright, director, theatre critic, and historian Ron Fassler did give me the notion on a podcast last month of “What if The Music Man doesn’t open?”.June 20, 2020 at 7:25 am #1203543492
I’m sure they’ll find a way to squeeze The Music Man into a theater somehow. Broadway is going to be desperate for a hit production once theaters are finally allowed to re-open.April 17, 2021 at 11:26 am #1204205623
While The Music Man is currently still on track to begin performances this December, producer Scott Rudin has recently revealed to the Washington Post that in response to his recent allegations of longstanding abuse, he will step away from his Broadway productions, effective immediately. He also mentioned that “My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows.”
Hopefully, that means everyone else involved with this production (especially those who’ve been out of work for a year at this point) will be able to keep their jobs and not lose them as a result of Rudin’s allegations.
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