Hugh Jackman Wins Tony in Peter Allen's Haunt, Radio City
07 Jun 2004
Hugh Jackman, with wife Deborah
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Hugh Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for playing Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz in the place where Allen enjoyed one of his biggest triumphs, Radio City Music Hall.
Jackman said he was well aware of the irony.
"Peter at the time was the biggest selling artist ever to play Radio City Music Hall," Jackman said backstage at the Tony Awards ceremony. "And I had his dressing room. The whole thing was kind of spooky. To receive the award in Radio City was a fantastic twist of fate. I feel his spirit in the theatre eight times a week, but I definitely know he was there tonight."
Jackman said his win won't change his scheduled Sept. 12 departure date from Oz; he leaves the show to begin work on the film "The Fountain."
"I think closing this will be one of the hardest thing I've ever done," he observed. He then added "I have a feeling this won't be the last of this show as far as I'm concerned."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.