Nov 22, 2011
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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