By Andrew Gans
02 Feb 2009
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Fox News had previously reported that Jackman had asked Luhrmann (and Luhrmann's wife Catherine Martin), who directed Jackman in the recent film "Australia," to stage his opening number for the upcoming Oscar telecast. Jackman will be the host of the 81st Academy Awards.
The Feb. 22 ceremony — which will be produced by Laurence Mark and executive produced by Bill Condon — will feature set designs by Broadway designer David Rockwell. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Rob Ashford won the Best Choreography Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was also Tony-nominated for his choreography for The Wedding Singer, Curtains and Cry-Baby.
Luhrmann's Broadway La Bohème in 2002-03 had the look of his richly romantic film "Moulin Rouge." Its two 2003 Tony Award wins were for Scenic Design (Catherine Martin) and Lighting Design (Nigel Levings). The production was also nominated for Direction (Luhrmann), Revival of a Musical, Costume Design (Martin) and Orchestrations (Nicholas Kitsopoulos).
For more information visit www.oscars.org.