Variety reports that Tony winner Matthew Broderick will star in an upcoming Storyline Entertainment production of the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Music Man. ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney'' would host the three-hour, sweeps period television show. Broderick's character would be conman Harold Hill, a "professor" of music who falls for a midwestern town librarian. The librarian might be played by Broderick's real-life missus, "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker. While the report links Broderick to the show, Parker is still being pursued.
Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey's story was developed into a musical that first opened in December 1957 at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. That production, like Broadway's current production of The Music Man (directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman) featured book, music and lyrics by Willson. Robert Preston played Hill on Broadway and went on to star in the Warner Bros. film version of the show in 1962. Barbara Cook co-starred as the librarian in the stage version. Cook will coincidentally be opening this evening, Oct. 24 at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City for a four-week engagement there.
Broderick and Parker starred together in one of his Tony vehicles, the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.