A couple of days ago, it was being touted as a rumor, but now it’s been confirmed that Hugh Jackman’s limited engagement one-man show will hit Broadway. This, according to the Broadhurst Theater, the venue that will be housing Hugh’s In Concert series from October 25th to December 20th. Tickets are not yet on sale, but be sure to keep checking the Broadhurst’s website for more information.
A great new article has just been released from the Herald Sun, in which Hugh talks about fatherhood. He touches on the pain of failed IVF attempts, but the joys of adopting and raising children. It’s a great read that only briefly touches on Real Steel (and how Oscar felt about Hugh working with another boy around his age). Check out an excerpt of it below, or read the entire piece in the Press Archive.
Despite many Hollywood stars having rags-to-riches stories, few tend to dwell on them. They’re more likely to talk about their latest role, their recent Oscar, their “blessed” existence. After all, who wants to admit the reality and spoil the fantasy that the rich and famous have perfect lives?
Hugh Jackman could be forgiven for focusing on the good stuff. The Sydney native has earned his place at the top of the showbiz heap (his pay cheque for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was rumoured to be $20 million), and with his boyish smile and chiselled physique, it would be easy to believe the all-singing, all-dancing star has enjoyed a trouble-free life.
But, from the moment he arrives for our chat, sans entourage and dressed in a simple outfit of black polo shirt and jeans, it’s clear the 42-year-old doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not. And despite his A-list status and high earning power, he also doesn’t shy away from the parts of his life that have caused him heartache, namely his struggle to become a father.
“It was painful,” says Jackman of the moment he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness discovered they couldn’t have children. “It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional. I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”
Pouring himself a glass of water, Jackman explains how, after meeting on the set of ABC prison drama “Correlli” in 1995, he and Furness decided to have children naturally, then adopt later in life. But things didn’t go to plan.
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Over at the New York Post, Michael Riedel is reporting some big news. According to Riedel, Hugh Jackman will return to the Broadway stage as early as October 25th! Performing at the Broadhurst, he’ll bring his one-man show to New York a bit early courtesy of production delays for The Wolverine. Important excerpts from the article are below:
Jude Law and Hugh Jackman, two guys who can sell out a theater in about 30 seconds, are coming back to Broadway.
Jackman’s first up, opening Oct. 25 at the Broadhurst for eight weeks in his one-man show, which received rave reviews this summer in Toronto.[…]
Chemistry between performer and audience should propel Jackman’s one-man show to weekly million-dollar grosses this fall.
Jackman’s slipping in at the last minute because of production delays on the next installment of the “Wolverine” franchise.
It’s a smart move. The fall lineup is dreary, so Broadway can use a shot of that ol’ Jackman magic.
This doesn’t seem to be officially confirmed by Hugh’s reps, but he has previously spoken candidly about wanting to bring his show to NYC. For now, I’m categorizing it as a Rumored Project, although the possibility of it being true does seem likely!
Variety is reporting that The Wolverine is currently being rewritten by scriptwriter, Mark Bomback (Deception, Live Free or Die Hard). This, after Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay was set to be filmed in October. There are still no confirmed start dates on The Wolverine, although Variety’s article states that production will begin in 2012, shooting both in Tokyo and Vancouver.
Hugh Jackman arrived in Budapest, Hungary earlier today, August 31st. This weekend, he’ll be shooting a flash mob commercial for Lipton Iced Tea there. According to Magyar Online, he arrived with his son and – while signing autographs for fans – spoke of how much he loved Hungary during a backpacking expedition twenty years ago.
Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have made an appeal to fellow Australians to dig deep and help those hit by severe drought in the Horn of Africa.
“Children are the most vulnerable in times of crisis like this and in the worst-hit areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia nearly half a million young people are at risk of malnutrition,” Furness said in the video appeal for World Vision Australia.
Both Furness and Jackman are ambassadors for the charitable organisation.
“Hugh and I have been in Ethiopia, and we’ve seen first-hand the World Vision staff who work on the ground. They’re at the crisis points now providing lifesaving food and water,” she added.
“World Vision are also supporting long-term programs such as drought-tolerant crops, help for herders’ animals, and families to diversify their income source so that drought doesn’t leave them without an income,” Jackman said.
“World Vision urgently needs your help to assist those in need,” he said.
World Vision hopes to help more than 2.5 million people in the three most-affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
* Donations can be made to World Vision Australia’s East Africa Emergency Appeal by visiting www.worldvision.com.au.