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The Final Performance of Broadway’s Biggest Hit
This weekend, we bid farewell to the sensational Broadway production of The Music Man. This theatrical sensation, which has captivated audiences throughout the 2021/2022 season, will conclude with its final performance on Sunday. Starring the talented and award-winning Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and the remarkable Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, this extraordinary show has taken the theater world by storm. The production, which began on December 20, 2021, played a vital role in revitalizing the industry after an 18-month pandemic shutdown. Originally scheduled to run until January 1, the show was extended due to popular demand.
Since its debut, The Music Man has shattered numerous records at the Winter Garden Theatre. Week after week, it surpassed previous achievements, breaking the 8-show record 53 out of 54 times and the 9-show record an impressive 51 times. Throughout its run, the production even surpassed its own house record on ten separate occasions.
Making Broadway Accessible
During its time on stage, The Music Man pioneered initiatives to increase access to Broadway. A total of 10,000 tickets were made available, equivalent to nearly seven sold-out shows at the Winter Garden Theatre. These efforts aimed to reduce economic barriers and ensure a diverse audience could enjoy the magic of live theater. Moreover, the production set new fundraising records for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), raising over $4 million in post-show drives. Notably, Nicole Kidman acquired Hugh Jackman’s iconic boater hat for a staggering $100,000, with all proceeds benefiting BCEFA.
A Global Phenomenon
The Music Man has transcended borders, captivating audiences from over 100 countries and all six habitable continents. By January 15, 2023, an astounding 614,000 fans will have experienced this magnificent production of Meredith Willson’s masterpiece.
The Masterminds Behind the Scenes
Produced by the talented trio of Barry Diller, David Geffen, and Kate Horton, The Music Man owes much of its success to the creative vision brought to life by the remarkable team. Under the masterful direction of four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and the brilliant choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the production has flourished. The creative team, including Tony Award winners Santo Loquasto for scenic and costume design, Brian MacDevitt for lighting design, Scott Lehrer for sound design, Luc Verschueren for Campbell Young and Associates for hair, wigs, and makeup design, Jonathan Tunick for orchestrations, David Chase for vocal and dance arrangements, and Patrick Vaccariello as the musical director, has created a truly unforgettable experience.
An Everlasting Classic
The Music Man holds a special place in the hearts of theater enthusiasts as one of the most beloved treasures of American musical theater. Since its Broadway premiere on December 19, 1957, the show has garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and enjoyed an impressive run of 1,375 performances. Recognizing its significance, the Smithsonian Institution considers The Music Man one of the “great glories of American popular culture.” You can now relive the magic of this groundbreaking production through the official cast recording, available on all major music streaming platforms, and released by Accidental Jacket Entertainment.
A Stellar Cast
In addition to the remarkable performances by Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, The Music Man features an outstanding ensemble cast. Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley embodies the role of Marcellus Washburn, while Mark Linn-Baker portrays Mayor Shinn. Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell takes on the role of Mrs. Shinn, and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen brings Mrs. Paroo to life. The talented ensemble includes Remy Auberjonois, Gino Cosculluela, Emma Crow, Benjamin Pajak, Emily Jewel Hoder, Garrett Long, Linda Mugleston, Jessica Sheridan, Rema Webb, Phillip Boykin, Eddie Korbich, Daniel Torres, Nicholas Ward, Lance Roberts, Max Clayton, and Nick Alvino, among others.
A Production of Excellence
The Music Man is grateful for the support and cooperation of Actors’ Equity Association to bring this production to life. The producers, Barry Diller, David Geffen, and Kate Horton, express immense pride in the unprecedented success and groundbreaking achievements of this magnificent show. They commend Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, and the entire company for their remarkable talent and unwavering dedication. Above all, they extend their heartfelt gratitude to the audience for their unwavering support and their shared love for the magic of live theater. Learn more.
(Image: The cast of The Music Man)