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Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by jo 2013-01-28 03:29:41


Hugh Jackman was the guest performer for this year's anniversary gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra on January 26.

Someone uploaded his rendition of WHO AM I - which is quite similar to the movie interpretation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AxAh08_ngI

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by Dave19 2013-01-28 07:12:12


Thanks for posting.

I have to say I don't like it at all. Just as strained as in the film and his timing is way off again. Every note and placement he tries just fails. Or it sounds really forced and strained.

As for the timing:

Heee-gaaave-meeee-hooope-wheeeen-hoooope-waaaas-gone. Does NOT work if you give all the words the same length. Very amateurish.

And I miss the overal relaxation/lower parts in his voice. Actually also the high parts,

This also makes his acting (in the film too) feel a bit fake, but, oh well.........

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by mamaleh 2013-01-28 12:03:34


Could not disagree more. His performance Saturday evening (I was there) was masterful, including a very powerful and note-perfect "Who Am I?". He made the song his, not relying on anyone else's emphases or choices. I'd call the Philly Symphony audience pretty discerning, and their response was wildly enthusiastic. 'Nuff said.

Those who can't, gripe.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by willep 2013-01-28 13:43:34


What venue was that in? It doesn't look familiar to me.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by FANtomFollies 2013-01-28 13:47:41


i'm surprised at the backlash of his phrasing. It's one of my favorite things about his performance, honestly. It makes the score sound fresh again - something I didn't think possible.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by jimmycurry01 2013-01-28 13:58:27


Some people need to keep in mind that Hugh Jackman was a very accomplished star of musical theatre long before he gained fame on the big screen. He is not simply a film actor pretending he can suddenly sing. I would hardly call him amateurish.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by Wildcard 2013-01-28 14:50:22


One person not liking the phrasing is hardly a backlash

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by mamaleh 2013-01-28 15:15:27


It was held at the stately Academy of Music in downtown Philadelphia. The acoustics were fantastic!

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by willep 2013-01-28 16:18:32


Weird, I was just in there a week or so ago and it looked very different. They must have done it up for the occasion.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by grandpianoalex 2013-01-28 22:54:30


This is lowered a minor third..... that last note is an A-flat instead of a B.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by WickdMisrble 2013-01-30 19:17:03


Sorry Don't mean to Pull Rank Javert but this is Who Am I?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPIos2mXbUE

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by broadway guy 2013-01-30 21:21:54


No offense but anyone who thinks Jackman sounds "Amateurish" in this clip,needs to get their ears checked.He sounds Beautiful in this.Better Than the Movie..

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by THDavis 2013-01-31 09:35:50


I don't know, I'm on the same page with people who feel Jackman's placement is almost outrageously forward and sounds strained/forced. I wouldn't say he's not talented and I appreciate his dedication to his craft and to the Broadway stage, but he was probably one of my least favorite singers in the film. Even with Eddie's head shaking and Russel's lack of any sort of vocal inflection. He's over-hyped as a vocalist, in my opinion.

EDIT: I went and rewatched the clip that started this thread and will take back most of my strained comment (for this clip, at least.) I just don't find him all THAT interesting as a vocalist.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by LizzieCurry 2013-01-31 10:10:24


I agree, and I saw Back on Broadway. As a performer overall, he's incredibly engaging, charming and dedicated, but I'm not into his singing voice.

Jackman sings WHO AM I at Philadelphia Orchestra anniversary ball
Posted by WickdMisrble 2013-02-01 13:02:27


He is amazing (loved Boy from Oz and listen frequently to Oklahoma Soundtrack),Just not his JVJ.