Hugh Jackman "excited" to be heading back to Broadway

The Associated Press
Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi, right, listens to actor Hugh Jackman, after winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80 percent of his income to the poor in the remote Kenyan village of Pwani.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Hugh Jackman says he’s looking forward to coming back to Broadway next year as a classic roguish traveling salesman in a play he first performed in as a teenager.

“I’m very, very excited about doing ‘The Music Man’,” he told The Associated Press.

The two-time Tony winner said he first performed the show in high school, and that it was the first musical he ever acted in.

“It’s amazing I’m going back to it,” he said.

As con man Harold Hill, Jackman will sing such favorites as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Gary, Indiana.”

Jackman was speaking with the AP on Sunday at the Global Teacher Prize award ceremony in Dubai, where he announced the winner and performed musical numbers from his 2017 film “The Greatest Showman.”