Hugh Jackman: The Man, the Music, the Show
Australian Tour Announcement
Crammed into the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday morning, Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman, announced the Australian leg of his The Man. The Music. The Show. WORLD TOUR which commences in August this year.
Produced by TEG DAINTY, the tour will see Jackman perform a new show with hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Joining Jackman on the tour will be his co-star of The Greatest Showman, singer and actress Keala Settle, who will perform the Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning song ‘This is Me’ and more.
Today, instead of a live orchestra, Jackman was joined by the Australian Girls’ Choir, who all “get to miss” school, Jackman sheepishly admitted, following with an apology to their parents. Jackman, himself a father of two, was asked if his family and wife, Australian actress and activist Deborra-Lee Furness, would be joining him on the long leg of the world tour.
“They’ll join me in and out of the tour,” he replied, stopping to sweat over the fact his eldest will be graduating high school soon.
“They love to join me on the tours backstage,” he continued, “not so much on the film sets because it’s a lot of sitting around.”
Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name. Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman.
At the press conference, we were treated to two songs from Jackman’s upcoming tour, ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘This is Me’ with Settle making an appearance to sing the hit song. Settle even gave us insight into her connection with Australia and New Zealand, explaining that her mother is herself from New Zealand, something that Jackman immediately loved about her, she admitted.
Afterwards, we were able to gain a bit more of the behind the scenes that went into the making of the shows hit song. Jackman retold (much to Settle’s embarrassment) the pivotal moment in getting The Greatest Showman off the ground and bought by executive producers at 20th Century Fox.
“I actually sung ‘This is Me’ when I last toured Australia,” he said, “it took seven or eight years to get the five workshops for [The Greatest Showman] together. On the last one [Settle] decided to turn her back to the big executive producers there and sing straight to the ensemble. Afterwards the Head Executive of [20th Century Fox] came up and hugged her. That’s when I said to her, ‘you’ve just booked you first major film gig’.”
Actress and singer Keala Settle is the breakout star of 20th Century Fox’s, The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman. The Hawaii native’s performance of the film’s Oscar-nominated song ‘This Is Me’ became an explosive anthem of self-acceptance, propelling the soundtrack to the top of the charts worldwide. Her performance at the 2018 Academy Awards brought the entire audience to their feet with a performance that The New York Times applauded as “commanding” and a perfect summation of “what became the themes of the night – diversity, empowerment, [and] inclusion.”
Jackman and Settle were soon joined by Australian radio and television star, Andy Lee, part of the duo Hamish and Andy.
“Hamish is actually in the Australian Boys Choir,” he quipped before beginning a Q&A with Jackman.
Here, we got more of an insight of what to expect from this world tour. Jackman promised there will be “lots of dancing in the show…a lot of tap dancing,” adding that his choreographer has been working him hard. He even dropped a few hints of collaboration with Settle, dropping a rumour of a supposed “tap off” between the two and revealing that Settle and Jackman will have duets throughout the show. He further added that not all the songs will be from The Greatest Showman and did promise that we will be treated to songs no one has heard him sing before.
Settle isn’t the only special guest joining Jackman on this tour either. Although he wouldn’t reveal any names, Jackman did tell that there will be a “variety of special guests” throughout his tour. Get your guesses in now who that may be!
As with anything Hugh Jackman, the tone turned musical as Lee decided to sing the second half of his Q&A, with Jackman and Settle singing in response. Through this musical medley of questions, Jackman said that he “felt happiest and at home on the stage,” continuing to express that he “loves the feeling of the unexpected and the anticipation before each show.”
As for The Greatest Showman itself, the Grammy Award winning soundtrack has broken sales records the world over and earned the title of 2018’s best-selling album in the world. The album has reached multi-platinum status in multiple countries including Australia, the UK and America.
Hugh took the time to admit that he doesn’t believe he is “The Greatest Showman” but does like to approach each show as himself, something that audiences across the world have fallen in love with him for. He may not believe he is the greatest showman, but he comes pretty darn close, and as Jackman put, “if you don’t like my singing or my dancing,” he sung, “you can at least sit back and enjoy the spectacle.”
TICKETS for Hugh Jackman’s The Man. The Music. The Show. Australian dates go on sale Thursday, March 7th from 9.30am AEDT at www.ticketek.com.au
For further information on tickets and sale times visit www.tegdainty.com
The Man. The Music. The Show national tour dates are:
SYDNEY, Qudos Bank Arena – 3 Shows – Friday August 2nd – 8pm, Sat August 3rd – 2pm & 8pm
Sydney tickets on sale Thursday, March 7th from 10am local time
ADELAIDE, Entertainment Centre – 3 Shows – Saturday August 10th – 2pm & 8pm, Sunday August 11th – 8pm
Adelaide tickets on sale Thursday, March 7th from 9am local time
MELBOURNE, Rod Laver Arena – 3 Shows – Friday August 16th –8pm, Saturday August 17th – 2pm & 8pm
Melbourne tickets on sale Thursday, March 7th from 12noon local time
PERTH, RAC Arena – 2 Shows – Wednesday August 21st – 8pm, Saturday August 24th – 2pm
Perth tickets on sale Thursday, March 7th from 10am local time
BRISBANE, Entertainment Centre – 2 Shows – Saturday August 31st – 2pm & 8pm
Brisbane tickets on sale Thursday, March 7th from 10am local time
A Telstra Thanks presale starts Thursday 28th February with staggered times 9am and is open until Monday 4th March. Go to telstra.com/arts for further details including local market times.
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