NEW YORK (AP) — One of many first songs in “The Music Man” is “(Ya Received) Bother” and the newest Broadway revival has definitely confronted its share.

It was imagined to open in fall 2020, however rehearsals had been interrupted by the pandemic shutdown. In 2021, it jettisoned its lead producer, Scott Rudin, after allegations of bullying. When the present restarted, each lead actors — Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster — contracted COVID-19. And when the understudies could not hold it going, it briefly shut down.

Now its producers see mild on the finish of the tunnel — for the present and Broadway. “The Music Man” opens Thursday because the marquee occasion of this theater season, commanding a whole bunch of {dollars} per ticket and signaling a brand new daybreak for a beleaguered theater business.

“Every thing has been thrown at us and we survive,” says Barry Diller, who’s producing alongside David Geffen and Kate Horton. “However I received’t say we’ve survived till we open. I awakened this morning considering locusts may come.”


The musical tells the straightforward story about Harold Hill, a touring con man who in 1912 convinces a small Iowa city into forming a band and promoting them devices till love adjustments him. It is bought basic songs like ″Seventy-Six Trombones,” ″Goodnight My Somebody,” ″Gary, Indiana” and “Until There Was You.”

“It feels to me like ‘The Music Man’ is type of the antidote to the stress and the uncertainty and the concern that everyone has been feeling as a result of it’s such a narrative of hope and group, love and perception fulfilled,” says Horton, who beforehand held govt roles on the Nationwide Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Firm and Royal Courtroom in England.

The starry revival of the basic musical comedy, which received the Tony Award for finest new musical in 1958, consists of six Tony winners and 21 solid members making their Broadway debuts.

4-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks says rehearsals went nicely within the fall and the present began inviting audiences for previews, an important time for the artistic staff to make adjustments based mostly on crowd reactions.