Pack the 76 trombones, for now. As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps Broadway and theaters closed nationwide, the next revival The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has delayed its opening. Production for Scott Rudin is now set to begin on April 7, 2021, at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway, with the premiere night scheduled for May 20.
Performances were due to start on September 9 before the opening on October 15. Currently, all Broadway shows will be closed until September 6, although an exact return date has not yet been announced. The ambiguous timeline has caused some shows to postpone their already delayed Broadway releases; Flying over the sunset, Originally slated to open this spring before hitting fall, he recently announced that he hopes to play in the spring of 2021.
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“Despite the delay, we remain united as a company, and we are grateful to be able to do so. So we hope to make it to The Winter Garden,” said producer Rudin, “and being just part of what to expect will once again be a Vibrant and exciting Broadway. “
Official trials were due to start later this month (a series of workshops had already taken place before the pandemic); they are now scheduled to start in February.
Traditionally, a May opening is beyond the window to qualify for that year’s Tony Awards. However, with the 2020 ceremony indefinitely postponed and an uncertain impact on current and future productions, it is quite possible that he will be eligible once the awards resume. Furthermore, its star power above the title (both artists and producers) indicates The music man It will be a key player in the return of the industry.
In addition to Jackman as Harold Hill and Foster as Marian Paroo, the announced cast includes Jayne Houdyshell like Mrs. Shinn, Jefferson Mays like Mayor Shinn, Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn and Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo. Jerry zaks will direct, with choreography of Warren carlyle.
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