The smash hit Broadway revival The Music Man which, led by Tony Award winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has regularly grossed over $3 million since opening at the Winter Garden Theatre this February, has announced its closing date.
The hit production, which features book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, direction by Jerry Zaks, and choreography by Warren Carlyle, will play its final performance on Broadway January 1, 2023.
At time of closing, the musical will have played 46 previews and 358 regular performances.
“We are so proud of our extraordinary company, led by Hugh and Sutton, for their tireless work in bringing joy to our audiences night after night,” said producer Kate Horton in a statement. “I am thrilled that Hugh and Sutton will continue to create their unique magic to the stage right through to the end of 2022 so that we can properly close out what has been a triumphant year for our entire industry. Most of all, we are endlessly grateful for the faith and support of our audiences, whose love affair with our show has weathered even the most complicated circumstances a global pandemic could throw our way. We wish this ride could last forever but, alas, all good things must come to an end.”
The production received mixed-to-negative reviews but has been a huge financial success. It was nominated for six 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Jackman and Best Leading Actress in a musical for Foster, but went home empty-handed.
Over the course of its run, the production has broken the Winter Garden Theatre’s weekly box office record a total of 48 times and has already played to 402,017 audience members from around the world.
The Music Man tells the story of what happens when con artist Harold Hill arrives in River City and falls in love with the straight-laced librarian, Marian.