H is for Hugh Jackman. A Movie Star With a Broadway Musical Heart: Proof in Videos.

When Hugh Jackman won a Tony for his Broadway debut in The Boy From Oz, he was already a movie star (a Superhero even.) In the 16 years since then, he’s been back on Broadway three more times, once in “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway,” a revue that ran for two months, the other two in plays with similarly short runs. Over that same period, he starred in more than two dozen movies.
But it’s hard to doubt he has the heart of an old song and dance man.
Even those movies include the adaptation of a Broadway musical, and an original Broadway-like movie musical.
And he’s scheduled to star this fall in a new Broadway revival of “The Music Man.”

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Oh What A Beautiful Morning
The 1998 revival at the Royal National Theatre

The Boy From Oz, 2004

As fellow Australian song-and-dance man Peter Allen, Hugh Jackman sings “Not The Boy Next Door”

I Go To Rio

The Music Man

a preview of what we might get on Fall 2020, where he performs all eight characters in the opening number of “The Music Man” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012. He explains why he first performed Meredith Willson’s musical when he was 14.

Les Miserables, 2012 movie

He performes a Les Miz medley in the streets of NYC, 2018. “What Have I Done” starting at around :50. “One Day More” starting at around 2:40

The Greatest Showman, 2017 movie

The Other Side

Jackman sings “The Greatest Show” live in 2019

Oscars, 2009

Tony Awards broadcasts

2005 Medley

Song snippets:
(0:32) “I Won’t Dance” from ROBERTA (1935), music by Jerome Kern; lyrics by Dorothy Fields
(0:50) “Never Gonna Dance” from SWING TIME (1936), music by Jerome Kern; lyrics by Dorothy Fields
(0:54) “You’re Just in Love” from CALL ME MADAM (1950), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
(1:01) “Never Gonna Dance”
(1:03) “Broadway Melody Ballet” from SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952), music by Nacio Herb Brown; lyrics by Arthur Freed
(1:11) “I Feel Pretty” from WEST SIDE STORY (1957), music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
(1:18) “Never Gonna Dance”
(1:20) “But Not for Me” from GIRL CRAZY (1930) music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
(1:30) “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry” from THE FLEET’S IN (1942), music by Victor Schertzinger; lyrics by Johnny Mercer
(1:35) “Shall We Dance” from SHALL WE DANCE (1937), music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
(1:43) “I Won’t Dance” (see above)
(1:45) “Do I Hear A Waltz?” from DO I HEAR A WALTZ? (1965), music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
(2:02) “Begin the Beguine” from JUBILEE (1935), music and lyrics by Cole Porter
(2:08) “Shake Your Booty” (1976) by KC and the Sunshine Band
(2:22) “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from THUMBS UP! (1934), music and lyrics by James F. Hanley
(2:41) “Sing” (1971) from SESAME STREET, music and lyrics by Joe Raposo
(2:47) “Begin the Beguine” (see above)
(2:54) “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” from FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
(3:04) “I Won’t Dance”, “Never Gonna Dance” and “Broadway Melody Ballet” (see above)
(3:08) “Oklahoma!” from Oklahoma! (1943), music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
(3:11) “Top Hat” from TOP HAT (1936), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
(3:17) “I Feel a Song Coming On,” from EVERY NIGHT AT EIGHT (1935), music by Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields
(3:27) “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from GUYS AND DOLLS (1950), music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
(3:29) “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from FUNNY GIRL (1968), music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Bob Merrill
(3:36) “Broadway Melody Ballet”
(3:44) “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” from MAMMY (1930), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
(4:00) “That’s Entertainment” from The Band Wagon (1953), music by Arthur Schwartz; lyrics by Howard Dietz

2011 duet with Neil Patrick Harris

2014 infamous hopping open

Crosswalk The Musical, 2017

with James Corden, Zendaya, and Zac Efron. Performances of numbers from  “On The Town,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Greatest Showman,” and “Fame” begin at around 4:00.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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