Hugely talented, hugely popular Hugh Jackman is about to commence the Australian leg of his spectacular world tour of The Man. The Music. The Show. Featuring highlights from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, The Boy From Oz, and a selection of Broadway hits, the show is an amalgam of big Vegas-style extravaganza, intimate cabaret, musical theatre, and cheeky larrikin fun.
While he’ll be inviting guests to perform with him at various shows, Jackman is carrying a lot of the entertainment burden himself – that’s singing, speaking, and a whole lot of hoofing.
“I’ve been doing a lot, a lot of preparation – a lot of dancing. This show’s got a lot of dancing in it and my choreographer likes to think I’m 25 years of age…” says Jackman.
Jackman will be backed by a massive live audience, a troupe of dancers and impressive stage effects. It’s an ambitious, audacious show that would make a lesser entertainer nervous, but not Jackman.
“I absolutely probably am at my happiest when I’m on stage…When you’re in the arena, that feeling and even the connection with the audience, I absolutely love.”
His aim is to try and bring something new each time he performs, allow some magic to happen while keeping it natural.
“My personal view about performing is the more personal and real you are, the more universal it is to everybody. So I’ll be telling stories – a bunch of stories that nobody’s heard before. Singing some different stuff from last time.”
The tour will keep him away from home for long stretches, but he plans to have his family with him as often as possible. After years of performing, Jackman is still amazed and humbled by the effect his music has on fans.
“I get videos literally every day from kids from birthday parties, choirs, you name it, pubs, karaoke bars, and to see how that music has captured the imagination of a lot of people and how it makes them feel…and when you’re there and there are 15,000 people all singing, it’s kind of an incredible privilege and I pinch myself every single day.”
Aug 2-7. QUDOS Bank Arena, Cnr Olympic Boulevard & Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park. $57.10-$164.70+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.qudosbankarena.com.au
By Rita Bratovich