Will Hugh Jackman pass the baton to Justin Timberlake?
The producers of “The Music Man” are in talks with the “SexyBack” singer to reprise the iconic role of Professor Harold Hill in the Broadway musical, a source told Page Six exclusively.
Jackman’s final performance is scheduled for November 6.
Timberlake, who has sold more than 88 million records, starred in films like ‘The Social Network’ and showed his comedy chops as the host of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on several occasions, but he is not never appeared on Broadway.
The 41-year-old *NSYNC alum will have some heavy shoes to fill if he decides to play the lovable con man who changes his ways because of librarian Marian (played by Sutton Foster in the revival).
Jackman, 53, has been a beloved figure on Broadway since starring as Peter Allen in 2003’s ‘The Boy from Oz’. He also had a one-man show on the Great White Way and has hosted the Tony Awards four times.
The musical was scheduled to open in fall 2020 but was delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite mediocre reviews, the series sold out quickly, no doubt due to Jackman’s star power.
The Shining Revival earned six Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical (Jackman), Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical (Foster ) and Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle).
This week, the producers announced that the show will offer stand-up-only tickets for each performance at $76 each.
Reps for “The Music Man” and Timberlake had no comment.