Hugh Jackman in a still from The Greatest Showman (photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Hugh Jackman Will Star in "The Music Man" on Broadway

Is it October 2020 yet?

Playbill just announced that next year, a revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man will hit the Great White Way, starring everyone's favorite Hollywood/Broadway song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman as the show's titular charming con man Harold Hill. Given Jackman's star turn as razzle-dazzle impresario P.T. Barnum in last year's The Greatest Showman (aka all we could talk about here at DS for basically all of last winter), this is such an obvious casting choice that we're low-key embarrassed we didn't think of it ourselves.


I mean, check out the super-smooth moves on Wolverine.

This revival (the first on Broadway since the 2000 production that Susan Stroman directed and choreographed) will reunite the major players that made the recent Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! such a delightful slice of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Americana: Jerry Zaks will direct, and Warren Carlyle (currently putting the moves on Kiss, Me Kate) will choreograph.

No other casting has yet been announced, so that means we can do plenty of speculating about who we think should fill the uber-dancy roles available in River City, IA. Being cast in this production carries serious a-star-is-born potential: Travis Wall, Clyde Alves, Tiler Peck, and Cameron Adams all appeared in the last revival as teens, and have obviously since gone on to #major careers.

Our picks as of now for the choreo-heavy roles of teenage sweethearts Tommy Djilas and Zaneeta Shinn? We'd love to see the ballet-to-Broadway trend continue with New York City Ballet corps de ballet standout Andres Zuniga as Tommy...

...and American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet star Zimmi Coker as Zaneeta!

The production will start previews September 9, 2020 at a to-be-announced Shubert theatre on Broadway, with opening night set for October 22.

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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