Post-River, Hugh Jackman Plans to Return to Broadway in Musical Evening

News   Post-River, Hugh Jackman Plans to Return to Broadway in Musical Evening
 
Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony Award for his Main Stem debut in The Boy from Oz and who will play his final performance in The River Feb. 8, is already planning his Broadway return.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman Photo by Joan Marcus

According to the New York Post, Jackman plans to return to The Great White Way in a new solo show that emphasizes dance.

Jackman's first solo Broadway outing, which was entitled Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, played a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theater in 2011. That evening was directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, who will also helm the new show.

"I want to do something that’s going to challenge me in a different way,” Jackman told the Post. "And, as a 46-year-old guy, I realize there are limited years left for the kind of dancing I want to do, to push myself as far as I can go."

No timetable has been announced for the new production.

* In Back on Broadway Jackman was joined on stage by Robin Campbell, Kearran Giovanni, Anne Otto, Lara Seibert, Hilary Michael Thompson and Emily Tyra.  

In a statement in that show's Playbill, Jackman said, "Last summer, as I was watching Sting perform in Detroit, my friend and agent Patrick Whitesell turned to me and said, 'All right, enough talking about it, you need to get your show together.' Well, thanks in part to Patrick and his extra push, here it is…. Developing a one-man show has always been a dream of mine, and after successful runs in San Francisco and Toronto, I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this adventure here in New York. As an actor, I have always tried to explore as many opportunities as possible, but to be honest, the number of those that I’ve been fortunate enough to gain access to has turned out to be more than I ever thought possible! But of all the doors that have opened, none have felt as naturally rewarding to me as being able to perform in the theatre. Tonight, at the Broadhurst Theatre, I hope to share with you some of the eclectic world that is my career. From Australia to Broadway, to Hollywood and back again, I want to share with you some of that journey. This show could not have come to fruition without the help of my friends and collaborators — a big thank you to my great buddy and rock superstar Richard Marx, to Warren Carlyle, Patrick Vaccariello, Robert Fox and Kenny Ortega. Thank you also to the amazing cast, crew and orchestra who have worked so hard to help me fulfill a dream. But most importantly, thank you, the audience, as without your support we have nothing!   Hugh Jackman  P.S. Thanks to Sting, too!!!"

In Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, the stage and screen star performed a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career.

The show featured tunes by Marcel Eugene Ageron, Peter W. Allen, Richard Alleyne, Adrienne Anderson, Harold Arlen, Georges Abel Louis Auric, Burt Bacharach, G. Becand, Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant, Shawn C. Carter, Eddie J. Cooley, Christopher C. Cross, John Davenport, Mac Davis, John Albert Denicola, William Engvick, Sammy Fain, Dorothy Fields, Milt Gabler, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto A. Harbach, Yip Harburg, Thaddis Laphonia Harrell, Jerry Herman, Herman Hupfeld, Elton John, The Jonas Brothers, Bert Kaempfert, Irving Kahal, Jerome Kern, Manny Kurtz, Albert Abraham Lasry, Jack Lawrence, Leiber & Stoller, John Lennon, Frank Loesser, Donald Jay Markowitz, Richard Marx, Paul McCartney, Jimmy McHugh, Albert Phillip McKay, Johnny Mercer, Freddy Mercury, Terius Youngdell Nash, Randy Newman, Dean Pitchford, Cole Porter, Franke Jon Previte, Tim Rice, Richard Rodgers, Carole Sager, Christopher A. Stewart, Billy Strange, Linda Thompson, Louis Trenet, Maurice White and Allee Willis.

Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway was produced by Robert Fox and The Shubert Organization.

 

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