Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway! My Review

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An action star who scored on Broadway as hip-swiveling gay singer Peter Allen?

That's just one of the unusual textures that make Hugh Jackman such a fascinating performer, and he's amply aware of that.

In Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, the master showman gleefully does snippets from "I Feel Pretty" and even sings "One Night Only" backed by three "Dreamgirls," but he also talks a lot about his wife and makes a remark about how he couldn't wait to do a play in a girl's school when he was a kid. (Of course, that could be interpreted in several ways, ba dum pum.)

What ties Hugh's various threads together is that he's a natural-born charmer who has an effortless way with a song, a dance, and some wacky audience interaction involving clicking along with your fingers or yelling "I got ..." (Mortgage your house, get a premium seat, and find out the rest for yourself.)

This is not a confessional show plumbing the depths of Hugh's soul to get to the dark side of the smile.

It strives mainly to entertain, Jackman never flagging in his energy, whether doing a medley about not wanting to dance, during which he dances, or telling stories about how he landed various roles in his career.

(His first audition for X-Men was done while sporting his Oklahoma! perm. "I looked like my sister," quips Hugh, smilingly adding that he didn't care for that look.)

Some of his song choices are a little too familiar -- an NYC medley seems pandering, even though he and the wife live here, and "Singin' in the Rain," complete with remarks about how great Gene Kelly was, could surely be scratched.

But Jackman's "Soliloquy" from Carousel is moving and so is his "Tenterfield Saddler" (done as "boy from Oz" Peter Allen, who sings about his wife), plus his dreamy tribute to his native Australia, featuring aboriginal musicians.

Even without much heft, Jackman's show is a smoothly packaged serving of a man who comes alive with a large orchestra and some slides.

Until the right book musical comes along, this is a nice way to soak in his multi textures.



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12 comments
billyjoe
billyjoe

My guess is that this type of entertainment is wildly popular among older audiences in places like the UK and Australia. If the Aussies adored a prancing Peter Allen, they'd certainly have no problem with a prancing Hugh Jackman. Prancing male performers in the US make audiences snicker and uncomfortable.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Jackman should have played J. Edgar and sang "I've Got You Under My Skin" to Clyde, who gives him a solid bottom THWACK on the line "I've got you deep in the hide of me."

Now, THAT'S Entertainment!

Jonster
Jonster

"This is not a confessional show plumbing the depths of Hugh's soul to get to the dark side of the smile."

Great line.  Not really into him.  But then I've never seen him in anything so maybe I should reserve judgment.  But isn't he the J. Edgar of the Stage?

Barkley
Barkley

I don't even think he's hot looking. . .sounds horrible.  I wish I was at a hootenanny in Harlem!

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Blue_Angel_23

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Reaper
Reaper

There's no way I can afford this show (especially premium seats), but ti was fun to read about it. Swoon!

Jaja
Jaja

Your reviews are usually better than the shows themselves.

Sstearn
Sstearn

Billy Joe, just goes to show what little you know about the rest of the world and for that matter your own country as there hasnt been a single bad review for what Hugh is doing!

evearden
evearden

Correction: "Older audiences" are Broadway's bread and butter too, and Peter Allen was a much bigger star in NYC than anywhere else. Have you forgotten about his long seasons of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall?

rolph
rolph

"These reviews is more professional." That's illiterate. It should be "ARE more professional."

And Hugh indulges in the innuendo himself all the time, so you're completely off base. To not bring it up would be absurd.

Gigi
Gigi

Tix have been available this week at TKTS for 40% off.

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