“Inside the Actors Studio” (Feb. 2013)

Hugh Jackman was on a new episode of James Lipton’s series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” where he interviews guests about their careers and the craft of acting. Because Hugh has been on the show before, he and Lipton continued where they left off, discussing The Prestige, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, and extensively exploring all things Les Misérables. There were some great stories strewn throughout, and the Bernard Pivot questionnaire at the end featured very different answers than last time.

Although there’s no video of the episode online (yet), check out some extra footage from Bravo’s website below. There are also previews from the episode here, in case you missed them.

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Hugh Receives an Astaire Award Nomination

May 8, 2012 || Written by Kristina in General News, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Stage Work || No Comments

Fresh off of the honorary Tony Award announcement, Hugh Jackman has also received an Astaire Award nomination! This, according to Theater Mania. Due to his one-man show, Back on Broadway, he has been nominated for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical. The Astaire Awards will take place June 4th at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations, Hugh!

FYI: Other nominees in the category include Ricky Martin (Evita), Danny Burstein (Follies), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Leap of Faith), Jason Tam (Lysistrata Jones), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Thayne Jasperson (Newsies), Ryan Steele (Newsies) Ephraim Sykes (Newsies), Matthew Broderick (Nice Work if You Can Get It), and Robert Hartwell (Nice Work if You Can Get It).

Hugh to Receive Special Tony Award!

April 30, 2012 || Written by Kristina in General News, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Stage Work || No Comments

Earlier today, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced that Hugh Jackman will receive an honorary Tony Award. This, after this recent Broadway show – Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway – was deemed ineligible for a traditional award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Special Tony Award given to Hugh will be for “his contributions as a performer and humanitarian” and will be presented during the ceremony on June 10th. Congratulations, Hugh!

Breaking Records and Les Miserables — Just Another Day for Hugh Jackman

A new interview has surfaced for the new year, in which Hugh talks about breaking Broadway box office records and Les Miserables, his upcoming movie. There’s also some talk about the Australian film festival, Tropfest, and gives some advice for would-be filmmakers looking to score a hit in the inaugural event brought to New York. Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the whole thing:

Back on Broadway broke a number of Broadway records, like the highest weekly gross for the Shubert Organization.
The show has gone way better than we could have imagined. I decided to do it because Wolverine kept getting delayed, so I didn’t want to just sit around waiting. I had quite modest ambitions. I said to my agent, “Find me a 30-minute charity gig or something, just get me going,” and he rang me the next day and said, “We’ve got a theater.”

You’re starting rehearsals for the movie adaptation of Les Miz later this month. I read that there are going to be no prerecorded songs — that you’ll be singing live on the set. Is that true?
Yes, I believe we are going to be singing live. We will obviously have to do a safety prerecord, because when you’re singing you’ve got to have all the music in your ear, and I’m guessing also for quality of sound for the soundtrack. And sometimes when you film there are noises — smoke machines, things like that — where the actual sound on set may not be usable. But most of it we’re going to be singing live, which for something like Les Miserables is essential. You don’t want it to feel like it’s all done in a recording studio, nor do you want it to look like the actors are miming the whole thing. I wouldn’t know how to do that. I think it would take more work to mime it than to sing it.

Tropfest has been in Australia for twenty years. Why expand to New York now?
Tropfest is like a rock concert in Sydney. You get 100,000 people watching short films, and suddenly all of Sydney thinks they are filmmakers. It has demystified that whole idea of, “Oh my God, it’s impossible to make films and you can’t do it without a lot of money.” So it seems to me that if it can work in Sydney, Australia, then in New York it should become an even bigger phenomenon. This is New York!

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Theater Talk Welcomes Hugh Jackman

December 31, 2011 || Written by Kristina in General News, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Interviews, Press, Stage Work || No Comments

This is a bit delayed, but we’ll just blame that on the holiday season! Hugh Jackman recently appeared on CUNY TV’s Theater Talk, hosted by Susan Haskins and the New York Post‘s Michael Riedel, where he talked about his one-man show and Broadway experiences. It’s a pretty long interview – at just under a half-hour – and worth watching, if only for the anecdotes that Hugh peppers in throughout. You can watch it below or visit the official site for television air dates/times:

Gypsy Of The Year 2011 Competition Breaks Records

The Gypsy Of The Year competition beat records this year, raising $4,895,253! The event was held yesterday and today, December 5th and 6th, and Hugh Jackman was there to help host. During his run on Broadway, Hugh was able to raise an incredible $857,740 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), making him the “winner” of the competition. In fact, Hugh’s percentage of the total money raised in just three weeks was so high – more than twice as much as the second largest total (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying‘s $325,935) – that “the judges took him out of the competition and gave him a Special Award for the effort” (PLAYBILL).

Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe were the other two hosts of the evening, helping Hugh hand out awards to the winners. The soon closing Billy Elliot earned the title of Best Onstage Presentation, while a highlight of the evening was a special performance by the original 1972 Broadway cast of Grease. Other musicals that raised an impressive amount for BC/EFA this year include Book of Mormon ($315,968), Wicked ($240,809), Spider-Man ($197,285), and Follies ($186,405). The top raising play was Other Desert Cities with $77,712. Congratulations to all!

Hugh is “Larger than Life” in Vogue December 2011 Issue

November 28, 2011 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Press || No Comments


Check out a new photo shoot that will be featured in Vogue‘s December 2011 (with Charlize Theron on the cover). As soon as I’m able, I will be including the entire feature article in the press archive along with the magazine scans. In the meantime, the new pictures are gorgeous, showing Hugh lined with fans undoubtedly waiting to see him grace the Broadway stage.

IN New York Magazine Talks Broadway and Charity with Hugh

November 22, 2011 || Written by Kristina in Articles, General News, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Press || 2 Comments

A short but sweet article is this month’s cover feature for IN New York Magazine. In it, Hugh talks about his early ambitions for Broadway and achieving happiness with his one-man show. Charity is also briefly touched upon, including Hugh’s nighty efforts to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by auctioning off items such as worn t-shirts. (Mentions of Hugh’s charitable stage door appearances can also be found.) Check out an excerpt below, or visit the source to read more while it’s still on the website. If it’s no longer there, just check out the press archive, as you can now find it in there, too.

He’s been called many things—tall, rugged, hazel-eyed, handsome, hunky, the Sexiest Man Alive. But 43-year-old Australian superstar Hugh Jackman likes it best when he’s home in New York City, being referred to simply as husband, father and Broadway star. That’s why the endlessly charismatic family man is happiest right now, as he’s singing, dancing and flashing his infectious smile across the footlights during the 10-week run of Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

“I recently found a video on YouTube from my first visit to New York City in 1996,” says Jackman. “I’m in Times Square, pointing to the marquees of all these big musicals, like Cats and Rent, and saying, ‘Someday, my name will be up there.’ It’s a bit embarrassing to look at the video now, but it reminds me that this show is truly the one thing I’ve always wanted to do.”

Backed by an 18-piece orchestra and surrounded by beautiful showgirls, Jackman—who won Tony and Drama Desk awards for his portrayal of pop music icon Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz (2004)—is performing everything from Sinatra to Rodgers and Hammerstein, following sold-out engagements in San Francisco and Toronto. The show might not have happened at all, if not for problems plaguing the next sequel in the blockbuster X-Men film series, in which Jackman reprises his role as a mutant with retractable steel claws. “Last year, I went to see Sting in concert in Detroit,” he explains. “My film agent, who was sitting next to me, turned to me and said, ‘Hugh, it’s finally time for you to do your own show.’ The truth is, I was always being asked to sing at charity benefits, and I’d point out that I didn’t have a musical repertoire. When the shooting of my film The Wolverine got cancelled the first time, earlier this year, I decided to try a show for two weeks in San Francisco. It was a great experience, but I knew the show needed work. So, we recently did it again in Toronto, and I thought that might be it for a while. Then I got a call from someone in Broadway’s Shubert Organization offering me a theater in September. I said ‘yes,’ thinking he meant September 2012. Then the film was pushed back again, so here I am!”

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Hugh Jackman on “The View”

November 22, 2011 || Written by Kristina in General News, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, Press, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

Hopefully there will be a stream of Hugh’s entire appearance on “The View” earlier today, November 22nd, but enjoy these clips courtesy of Playbill in the meantime. He talks about his one-man show a bit, including his biggest critics (hint: it hits close to home), and some strange experiences on Broadway stages. Hugh also talks about a real inspiring story that happened just the other night at one of his shows, where he invited a man named Bob up to perform a song. Pretty good stuff, and the ladies of “The View” have a ball with him all throughout.

‘Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway’ Opens at the Broadhurst!


Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway officially opened last night, November 10th, at the Broadhurst! Rave reviews have since been pouring in, with some highlights featured in this update. Pictures from the curtain call have been added to the gallery, along with production photographs from the show. In attendance at the event included Kathy Griffin, Rachael Ray, Mandy Patinkin, Jean-Georges and Marja Vongerichten, Barbara Cook, Robert Fox, Michael Riedel, Liz Smith, Wendi Murdoch, Donna Karan, Anna Wintour, and and “Modern Family”‘s Ty Burrell. All in all, it sounds like it was a spectacular night! Check out what some critics are saying about Hugh below. Congratulations, Hugh!

“The impossibly talented, impossibly energetic Mr. Jackman is a glorious dinosaur among live entertainers of the 21st century: an honest-to-gosh old-fashioned matinee idol who connects to his audiences without a hint of contempt for them or for himself.”
NY TIMES

“Theatergoers can experience something more astonishing than anything that Hollywood’s special effects could ever accomplish. Jackman delivers a high-octane two-hour singing and dancing extravaganza and barely seems to break a sweat. [...] During the course of the show, laced with personal anecdotes, Jackman holds the stage with an ease so natural that it becomes almost eerie. Not only can he dance up a storm with precision, he can sing with both grace and power.”
THEATREMANIA

“Superlatives are superfluous regarding Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, which the song-and-dance man-turned-movie star has brought to the Broadhurst for 10 weeks. Jackman could at this point likely sell out any show on sheer force of celebrity, but as it turns out, his vehicle is up to his talents. The evening, seemingly assembled out of the star’s grab-bag of song favorites, demands Jackman’s all, and he surpasses expectations.”
VARIETY

“Whatever else he does, Jackman brings joy to the stage. Comparisons are being offered to the deep impression made by a solo artist such as [Judy] Garland. But the rapturous emotional intensity that lingers is not what this performer provides. Garland left blood on the stage. Jackman leaves sweat, and a smile.”
THE WASHINGTON POST

“He’s as at home in jazz and swing as in traditional musical theatre. He’s a masterful improv artist. He’s a crack storyteller. His comic timing could not be better. If there’s anything Jackman cannot do, his show offers no clue as to what it may be.

Isn’t that exactly what a star should do: convince you that, while you’re in his presence, no one else on Earth matters? The cool and confidence Jackman projects his every second onstage are inspiring — or rather, they would be if he ever called attention to them. But no: He makes two solid hours of what must be exhausting work look like something he dashes off two or three times before breakfast on a daily basis. Of the myriad gifts Jackman displays in Back on Broadway, this is his most developed, and the one that makes the strongest impression.

So strong, in fact, that it’s hard not to leave the theatre depressed at the prospect that he might wait another seven years before returning to Broadway in a musical. True, his career will continue to flourish regardless. But New York theatre is much more energetic and exciting when Jackman is a living, breathing, and radiant part of it.”
TALKIN’ BROADWAY

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