Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner Hugh Jackman is going back to Broadway.
The "Greatest Showman" star is set to star in a major 2020 revival of "The Music Man," announced producer Scott Rudin. Jackman confirmed the news on Twitter:
Jackman will play Harold Hill, a smooth-talking con man who comes to the small Iowa town of River City posing as a boys’ marching band organizer but plans to runs off with the money he collects for musical instruments and uniforms. The town's librarian, Marian, sees through his scam and is set to expose him, but romantic complications get in the way.
The show will be directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Warren Carlyle.
"The first musical I was ever part of was the phenomenal 'The Music Man,'" said Jackman in a statement. "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."
Jackman is an acclaimed and highly bankable stage star. He won a Tony for his role in 2003's "The Boy From Oz" and has appeared in the plays "A Steady Rain" (2009) and "The River" (2014), as well as "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway" (2011).
In May, he kicks off a world tour of his one-man show, "The Man. The Music. The Show," which showcases songs from his movies "Les Miserables" and "The Greatest Showman" among others.
"The Music Man" revival is slated to begin previews on Sept. 9, 2020, before officially opening on Oct. 22, 2020.