He's Back! HUGH JACKMAN, BACK ON BROADWAY Opens Tonight
Accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra, Hugh Jackman performs a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers that reflect on the stage and film star's remarkable life and career, from The Boy from Oz to Hollywood.
"I can't believe it's been 7 years since I was singing and dancing on Broadway," said Hugh Jackman of today's announcement. "There is nothing like performing on the Great White Way and I'm so excited to be coming ‘home.'"
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway follows recent sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.
The creative team for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway includes Warren Carlyle (Musical Staging and Choreography), Patrick Vaccariello (Musical Direction), John Lee Beatty (Scenic Designer), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), William Ivey Long (Costume Designer), John Shivers (Sound Design), and Alexander V. Nichols (Projection and Video Design).
Hugh Jackman has uniquely balanced a movie and theatre career that has made him a superstar on Broadway as well as at multiplexes around the world. On stage, he won critical kudos and awards for the Australian productions of Sunset Boulevard and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In London he caused a sensation in Trevor Nunn's staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! at The National Theatre. This was followed by a legendary Broadway debut portraying the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, for which he received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards.
Hugh Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men" franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful "X2" and 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." He reprised his role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," one of the most successful "prequels" of all time.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of Oscar host as he fronted the 81st Annual Academy Awards scoring a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 - 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for the following year.
In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in a sold-out engagement of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain co-starring Daniel Craig. Other films Jackman has starred in include Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain", Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige", Woody Allen's "Scoop" and opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia." In addition, he lent his voIce To the animated features "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away." He has also played leading roles in "Someone Like You", "Swordfish", "Van Helsing", and "Kate and Leopold", for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. Up next he can be seen in DreamWorks' "Real Steel" out this October. Early next year he will begin filming the screen adaption of the musical, "Les Miserables," directed by Tom Hooper.