Hugh Jackman takes care of his own, so when the actor flew to Toronto earlier this month to perform in a one-man show, he brought along his kids and the family’s 10-month-old French bulldog Dali – in first class!
The lucky pup will soon rack up even more frequent-flier miles: After Hugh Jackman in Concert ends its run this weekend, the family, with Dali in tow, will jet off for their summer vacation.
“He’s coming to Europe with us,” Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, told PEOPLE at the July 13 Cinema Society screening of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. “He’s part of the family.”
Dali may have a French pedigree, but he also has a Spanish spirit, thanks to his name. “My son, [Oscar], is an artist, and his favorite artist is Salvador Dalí,” Furness said. “Because of the way [the dog's] mouth curls, he looks like Salvador Dalí with a mustache.”
She added, “He’s got a face only a mother could love.”
Hugh Jackman’s one-man show opened in Toronto this week — and boy, is it hot.
I wrote about “Hugh Jackman in Concert” in May, when it opened in San Francisco, and while the reviews were pretty strong, the word-of-mouth in the theater industry was “needs work.”
Jackman and his director, Warren Carlyle, who staged the charming “Finian’s Rainbow” on Broadway last year, took that sotto voce criticism to heart. They’ve been tightening and polishing, and judging from the ecstatic reviews this week, the show is now ready for Broadway.
And, in fact, there’s a scramble to sort out Jackman’s movie schedule — he’s doing another installment of “Wolverine” in Europe this fall — and bring the show in later this year.
It would be a limited run — 12 to 15 weeks — at a desirable theater, possibly the Broadhurst, which may be available after Labor Day if the struggling “Baby It’s You” falls by the wayside.
“It should come in as soon as possible to capitalize on the reviews in Toronto,” says a production source. “We don’t want to wait too long.”
Another article – this one courtesy of Canada’s The Globe & Mail – has been added to the Press Archive. The piece highlights the upcoming shows in Toronto and what to expect, including a moment of intimacy with a segment devoted to Hugh’s wife. It’s a really great introspective article with some nice details. See an excerpt below:
It’s tough, all this multitasking. Every two hours, Hugh Jackman was supposed to eat a mini-meal – vegetables and lean protein only – to bulk up for the film he’ll be shooting in the fall, The Wolverine, yet another iteration of his adamantium-clawed X-Men character. But as fast as he was putting calories in, he was burning them off, because he was also prepping a two-week run of a song-and-dance show, complete with an 18-piece orchestra, that he’ll launch July 5 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. On a June afternoon about a month before his opening, he was holding court in the basement bar of the theatre next door, chatting up such an eager succession of reporters that all he had time to ingest were some nuts and a bottle of vitamin water.
Still, something was working. Jackman, 42, was super-charming, engaged, Aussie accent in full bloom. He made the reporter before me blush by telling her she was the spitting image of his first girlfriend, when he was 14. “She dumped me at a bus stop,” he said. “She was crazy,” the reporter managed to stammer. When I faced him, he looked tall (he’s 6-foot-3) and trim in a short-sleeved polo shirt. But then he crossed his arms behind his head, and – bam! – out popped humongous biceps, like mountains on the horizon of his humeri.
Jackman has always been a mixed bag. Nasty enough for action flicks (Swordfish, Van Helsing), pretty enough for romances (Australia, Kate & Leopold), soulful enough for dramas (The Fountain, The Prestige), he was also gutsy enough to put his film career on hold at its first peak in 2003 and head to Broadway to play Peter Allen, the gay Australian choreographer, in the musical The Boy from Oz.
“The idea of doing Broadway in sequins for a year didn’t seem smart,” Jackman says. “But I’d been offered the part years earlier and strategized my way out of it. When I saw how terrific it was, it made me sick to the stomach that I’d let it go. I wasn’t going to let that happen again.” He won a Tony for it, and a three-year gig hosting the Tony Awards. And he no longer strategizes.
“My agent does, a bit,” Jackman says, “but only as far as ‘I think you’ve got the talent to be an actor when you’re 85, and I want to protect that.’ It’s long-term, which I like.”
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Following the incoming press for the upcoming Toronto concerts, Xtra! – “Canada’s gay and lesbian news” – has posted the following article on their site. In it, Hugh talks about his start as an actor and how it almost didn’t happen. It has been added to the Press Archive.
I think it was his eyes that got me at first: piercing blue with long, seductive lashes and just the right amount of crinkly bits in the skin surrounding them. Sure, I’d admired him on the screen before, but now, in person, I was struck anew by the truly fine specimen of masculine beauty that is Hugh Jackman.
He’s confident without seeming cocky. He’s well versed in current events without seeming arrogant. And he’s got an ass that would make a grown man weep — I know, because I did. Hugh (he asked me to call him that) is in town promoting his upcoming concert series with Mirvish Productions.
It’s quite a departure for those familiar only with Jackman’s action roles, in films such as Van Helsing or the X-Men franchise. Let’s face it: it’s hard to imagine Wolverine spinning around the stage belting out show tunes.
But Jackman actually got his start in musical theatre back home in Australia. Early childhood roles in plays like Camelot sparked an interest in singing and dancing — a curiosity that was quickly squashed when he announced it to his family.
“I would love to say I was Billy Elliot, but I wasn’t,” Jackman says. “My dad was like, ‘Terrific,’ but my brother was like, ‘Ah, you poof!’ I was only about 10 or 11, but I remember thinking that this is not a good thing.”
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A new article from NOW Magazine has been added to their website. In it, Hugh talks about his upcoming one-man shows in Toronto. Additionally, HJF is excited to announce the new Press Archive! It’s going to be major work-in-progress for quite some time, but eventually it’ll house a respectably comprehensive collection of articles and interviews featuring Hugh. You can already find this new article – entitled “Jackman of all trades” – right here.
Like the movie mutant he plays onscreen, Hugh Jackman leads a double life. He’s a glamorous movie star as well as a Broadway singer and dancer. He fuses both his showbiz talents this week in Hugh Jackman In Concert.
Sitting in a bordello-like sub-level of the Royal Alex, Jackman exudes charisma in a black polo shirt, gamely reeling off stories in his Australian twang about a college drama instructor who did all his casting by drawing a straight line from students’ names on the class list to the play’s cast list.
“He was a Trotskyist, this guy,” he explains, grinning.
That didn’t dull his enthusiasm for the live stage, however.
“Every time I see a play, I think, ‘I want to be up there!’” he says, his voice filled with energy. “It feels like a massive indulgence. An 18-piece orchestra playing my favourite music.”
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