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For “The Music Man,” the show will go on — just not until next year.

The highly anticipated Broadway revival, starring Hugh Jackman and Tony winner Sutton Foster, has postponed its opening due to coronavirus concerns. Originally set for an October release, the show will now open on May 20, 2021, with previews starting on April 7, 2021.

The musical’s producer Scott Rudin discussed the decision in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety

“We’re obviously profoundly disappointed to be unable to start rehearsals for ‘The Music Man’ as scheduled,” he told the outlets. “But safety is safety, and it has to take precedence over every other consideration – for both our audience and for our company.”

Rudin added that the company is staying intact, despite the postponement. In addition to Jackman and Foster, the cast includes Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Marie Mullen and Shuler Hensley.

“We look forward arriving at The Winter Garden – with a beautiful, heartening Music Man in tow – at the beginning of April, and to being just one part of what we expect will once again be a vibrant and exciting Broadway,” he added.

Jackman told the outlets in a statement that the postponed opening will not affect the thrill of the live performances.

“Performing on Broadway is a great honor for an actor, in fact, one of the greatest,” he said. “The energy in the theater is palpable. It is those same feelings that happen every show thereafter — and you and I are going through it together. The change of dates will not take any of that away.”

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Jackman and Rudin for further comment.

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In an interview with the Associated Press in March, 2019, Jackman said he was looking forward to coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman in a play he first performed in as a teenager.

“I’m very, very excited about doing ‘The Music Man,’” he said.

The two-time Tony winner said he first performed the show in high school, and that it was the first musical he ever acted in.

“It’s amazing I’m going back to it,” he said.

As con man Harold Hill, Jackman will perform such favorites as “Ya Got Trouble,” ″Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Gary, Indiana.”

Contributing: Associated Press


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