Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway Ends Broadway Run Jan. 1
By Andrew Gans
Australian native Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in The Boy from Oz and was later seen opposite Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain, plays his final performance in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Jan. 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the limited engagement officially opened Nov. 10 following previews that began Oct. 25.
Jackman is joined on stage by Robin Campbell, Kearran Giovanni, Anne Otto, Lara Seibert, Hilary Michael Thompson and Emily Tyra.
In a statement in the show's Playbill, Jackman says, "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!!!"
During the limited run, Jackman raised over $1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
To read Playbill.com's recent interview with the Tony winner, click here.
The Broadway engagement, which features an 18-piece orchestra, followed limited runs in Toronto and San Francisco.
In Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, the stage and screen star performs 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.
The songs have been arranged and orchestrated by the talents of August Eriksmoen, Michael Gibson, Larry Hochman, Mark Hummel, Michael John La Chiusa, Jim Laev, Richard Mann, Richard Marx, JJ McGeehan, Danny Troob, Patrick Vaccariello, Don Walker and Harold Wheeler.
The creative team also includes Patrick Vaccariello (musical direction), John Lee Beatty (scenic designer), Ken Billington (lighting design), William Ivey Long (costume designer), John Shivers (sound design) and Alexander V. Nichols (projection and video design).
Jackman, who was seen on screen in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. He is also known for his film roles in the "X-Men" trilogy, "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing," "The Fountain" and "Happy Feet" (in voice). His stage credits also include Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! at Britian's National Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in his homeland. He will also be seen in the upcoming film version of Les Miserables.
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway was produced by Robert Fox and The Shubert Organization.
The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street.
Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. A limited number of student tickets are also available for each performance. For more information visit www.hughjackmanonbroadway.com. ￼
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