Tony winner Hugh Jackman might be stuck inside like the rest of us, but he’s taking full advantage of Broadway Dance Center’s virtual classes to prepare for his upcoming stint as Harold Hill in The Music Man come Spring 2021. Check out his interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show above.
“Sometimes it’s humiliating,” says the star on the classes. “There’ll be 70 people in the class, and I don’t have my video on, but I do look and there’s just 68 of them are teenage girls, and then me. I think, ‘Is this weird? This is weird.’” The performer added that he’s also been singing every day (much to his kids’ chagrin) to stay prepared for the role.
The Broadway favorite also told Fallon that the cast plans on going into rehearsals in February ahead of previews starting April 7. Originally slated to open this fall, the Meredith Willson musical was pushed back due to the theatre shutdown caused by COVID-19. Sutton Foster, Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Shuler Hensley, and Marie Mullen co-star.
In addition to diiscussing The Music Man, the star chatted with Fallon about reactions to his challah bread attempts, a thoughtful recipe book from his mom, and old headshots.