30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #30 - Hugh Jackman Hosts
Today we are kicking off the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special salute to this year's amiable emcee, multi-Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Hugh Jackman!
One Night Only
To say that Hugh Jackman is a superstar of the highest order is an understatement, but to say he is anything less than top-tier Broadway royalty is an outright lie - and how! Having won a Best Actor In A Musical Tony Award for his work in THE BOY FROM OZ back in 2004, as well as a special Tony Award for his patronage of the arts in 2012, Jackman is one of a mere handful of Hollywood heavyweights who can not only exhibit increasingly impressive triple-threat skills onstage, onscreen and otherwise, but also rank as one of the world's most recognizable and highly-regarded big screen superstars and open major tent-pole releases based solely on his name at the same time. Look no further than last summer's smash THE WOLVERINE for further evidence of that fact - and hit 2012 movie musical sensation LES MISERABLS, too. But, with the 2014 Tony Awards, Jackman is not only hosting the capper of a season where he is not up for any of the prizes, but also very likely to see his fellow stage and screen crossover extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris take home his first trophy for his rapturously-received turn in the gender-bending rock musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, too.
After all, Jackman and Harris are undoubtedly the Tony Awards hosting champs of the 21st century, along with Rosie O'Donnell, having each headlined the event two or three times each, with Jackman now set for his fourth in 2014. Plus, who could ever forget the inimitable and awesome pairing of the two back at the 2011 Tony Awards on a spunky and spirited duet highlighted by many musical theatre standards? Then, there is the epic opening number of the 2004 awards set to the sounds of DREAMGIRLS disco dynamo "One Night Only" that Hugh made all his own! The list goes on. The astounding and appreciable talent amply apparent in each and every performance by Hugh Jackman on the Tony Awards stage is not only an apt way to start our wide-ranging countdown, but also reinforces the feeling that Jackman could very well make the 2014 an unforgettable event by his mere presence, even given the rich and notable Tony Awards history.
So, now, let's take a look at a few of the moments that have made Hugh Jackman a Tony Awards MVP with few, if any, equals.
First up, enjoy Hugh Jackman's unbeatable 2004 Tony Awards opening number.
Next, sample this sensational Tony Awards medley arranged by Michael John LaChiusa.
After that, witness the duet of the ages with Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris teaming up for a duet medley.
Lastly, Hugh Jackman accepts a special Tony Award in 2012.
As a special bonus, check out this promo for the 2014 Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman.
So, which of Hugh Jackman's many astounding abilities impresses you most? Is it his charismatic star presence? His sterling singing voice? His adept dance skills? His effortless mastering of comedy and drama? Whatever it is, June 16 is undoubtedly going to be a night to remember for Hugh Jackman fans around the world - especially the Broadway babies among us.