Hugh Jackman hypes new tour with backup dancers, orchestra
While Hugh Jackman is gearing up for his first world tour, “The Man. The Music. The Show,” the Tony-winning actor is already plotting his return to Broadway.
“I’m actively thinking about it right now,” says Jackman, during a chat at the Andaz 5th Avenue hotel in Midtown to promote the December 7 launch of tour ticket sales.
“It’s been so great …to be able to dip in and out [of the stage] in between movies,” he says. “It’s a really difficult thing to find 18 months of your life to go on Broadway, but I’m ready. So I’ll be going back.”
As for his concert tour — which kicks off in May and hits Madison Square Garden June 28 and 29 (MSG tickets go on sale December 10) — Jackman will be showcasing material from his roles on both screen and stage.
Backed by an orchestra and dancers, Jackman says he’ll really be getting into different characters — from “Beauty and the Beast’s” Gaston and “Les Miserables” Jean Valjean to “The Greatest Showman’s” P.T. Barnum and “The Boy from Oz’s” Peter Allen — when he performs their respective songs.
“It’s a state of mind and a commitment,” he says, “and I think the audiences really enjoys the transformation.”
Jackman also plans to feature special guests during the two-month trek. In fact, he’s already lined up “Greatest Showman” standout Keala Settle for some appearances — and hopes to get their costar Lauren Allred to pipe in along the way.
The Aussie expects to draw a younger audience because of the success of “The Greatest Showman” and its soundtrack.
Since that original musical hit the big screen last year, Jackman says, “I can tell you I am being stopped on the street so many more times by…young kids and their parents. I like the idea that we’re gonna have a family audience. There’ll be no swearing, I can tell you that.”
Jackman also plans to include standards and pop songs on his set list, which he is still fine-tuning . “Honestly, my show right now is about 4-and-a-half hours long, so it’s all about cutting it down,” he says.
And the 50-year-old star is ready to bust some moves with the choreography, joking that the show may even include “a Wolverine kick line” for his “X-Men” fans. “I’m just hoping my ambition is not in complete odds with my age. That’s all.”
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