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.”
“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.”
“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