World Entertainment News Network reports that Jackman is collaborating with adult-contemporary singer Richard Marx for the project. Marx told WENN, "I love working with [Jackman]. The only problem is that between his Broadway show schedule and my schedule, we're just having a hard time finding time to get in the studio.” Jackman's song selections thus far include "Beyond the Sea," "Smile," "And I Love Her" and "That Old Black Magic." The recording should hit stores in spring 2005.
Hugh Jackman is currently portraying the late Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz at the Imperial Theatre. He received an Olivier Award nomination for his work in the London revival of Oklahoma! and an MO Award for his performance as Joe Gillis in the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard. Jackman's film credits include "The X-Men," "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold" (Golden Globe nomination) and "Van Helsing." For the second consecutive year, Jackman hosted the annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Though he can be heard on cast recordings of Oz, Oklahoma! and Beauty and the Beast the jazz CD would mark Jackman's first solo recording.