unbelievably, it’s been 11 YEARS since i became a HUGH JACKMAN fan.
on that fateful day my brother brought home the x-men: mutant academy video game for playstation 1 and we watched the trailer for the original x-men (which was somehow included in the game?!), i was hooked. if you told me then that 11 years later – after movies like the fountain and the prestige became my favorites and i snapped up every bit of wolverine action i could (down to the hilarious cameo in first class!) – that i’d be sitting 4th row, dead center with my wonderful mom watching hugh jackman singing, dancing, and telling stories LIVE on broadway right in front of me, i don’t think i would’ve believed you.
however, sometimes life is all about unbelievable things – right?
last night i did just that – saw hugh jackman, back on broadway in NYC at the broadhurst theater! it was literally a PRICELESS experience – one that will always be held as one of my most cherished memories. it’s running for 10 weeks only through january 1st, and so if there is ANY WAY at all you can snag yourself a ticket – please, please do so.
hugh is a consummate performer – a performer in every sense of the word, but also someone who can comfortably speak to a packed house, cracking jokes and sharing stories, as if he was hanging around with a few friends. i’d seen him on the oscars and heard of his boy from oz accolades but it’s nothing like sitting here and seeing hugh work his magic right in front of you. his smile lights up the room and his genuine joy is contagious. he’s a star of the kind we don’t see too often nowadays – an oh-so-welcome jaunt back to the days of movie musicals and performers who were truly triple threats: talented actors, dancers, singers, with magnetic energy and inimitable charm. hugh is right up there with the classic performers he pays tribute to at one point in the show – absolutely legendary.
the thing i also loved so much about this show was how it was such a lovely trip through hugh’s life and some of the things he holds dearest to his heart. we get the show-stopping performances (and my god are they show-stopping!!) but also the stories behind the songs – growing up playing rugby and watching movie musicals, why a song from carousel makes him think of his father, how much he loves his country and will never forget the time he spent living with his young son in the outback while filming australia… his tribute to the aboriginal culture (with the fantastic organization nomad two worlds) bought tears to my eyes, the FABULOUS taste of the boy from oz he gave us (shiny gold shirt, shoes, pants – and maracas!) was just totally out of this world, and of course i adored all the wolverine anecdotes and just the sight of hugh singing, standing still under the spotlight – but more than anything, it was sharing time with my favorite actor as a person AND as a performer with my beautiful mom.
hugh was all things that night, and every night he does this show – cheeky, sincere, playful, earnest, electric. see this show and you will remember what a TRUE performer is – someone who can slice and dice as wolverine, sparkle and shine as peter allen, bring classic cinema back to life, and speak to you as a genuine human who loves what he does – and loves sharing it with you.
congratulations, hugh!!! you are amazing. thank you for giving us such a beautiful glimpse into your world.
ps: here is the lovely hugh at the stage door! excuse the slightly shaky video – can you blame me?! thanks to my aforementioned wonderful mom, i got my poster signed!!! you can see my poster coming forward at :26 and him sign it shortly thereafter ;) – bless the heart of the lovely girl who passed it up!
i also have another video RIGHT HERE on youtube. fantastic!!
- audrey leopard