Hugh Jackman left fans blown away on Wednesday night as he opened the 2019 Brit Awards with a show-stopping performance – bringing hit musical The Greatest Showman back to life on stage.
The 50-year-old actor opened the awards ceremony with a stunning rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ from the wildly popular musical, wearing a glittering jacket and even showing off some amazing dance moves.
The Hollywood star, who played the role of PT Barnum in the film, was joined on stage by circus performers in tops hats and tails, fire-breathers and a pyramid of backing dancers. With cheers from the audience, Hugh belted out the smash-hit song and was pitch-perfect throughout.
Shortly after the performance, Hugh tweeted the special moment to his 13.2 million Twitter followers. He captioned the post: “This is where you wanna be.”
Fans were quick to comment, with one writing: “Oh Hugh, that really was THE GREATEST SHOW!! You’re amazing.”
Another added: “Flawless mate !! Just FLAWLESS !!! You are The Greatest Showman !!! Pure talent.”
While a third wrote: “Watched it on TV and you were incredible! Can’t wait for the tour now, I’m beyond excited.”
In the lead-up to the ceremony, Hugh shared a sneak peak of what his performance had in store, posting a short clip showing an elaborate stage and dozens of backing dancers.
Hugh is about to head out on his first ever world tour ‘The Man. The Music. The Show’, where he’ll perform some of the most loved and well-known songs from musicals including The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables, as well as other Broadway shows which will likely include his past role in The Boy from Oz.
The Aussie entertainer confirmed he will be accompanied on stage by a live orchestra – no doubt putting on an incredible show following his success in hit musicals over the years.
According to reports, he will start things off in Europe in May before heading on to London. He’ll then jet to the States and his North American leg will begin in June in Houston, before heading to New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. He’ll then end the tour in his home country of Australia.
Hugh caused a huge stir with his lead role in The Greatest Showman when it was released in 2017. In fact, he got so into his singing role at one point during filming, he previously admitted he burst one of his stitches open after having a skin cancer removed.
“There was a lot riding on the final read through – there were a lot of people there with cheque books – but I’d had a skin cancer removed from my nose the day before and my surgeons said I must not on any account sing because it could rupture the 80 stitches,” he said on The Graham Norton Show in the UK.
“A stand-in was going to sing my part, but when it came to the big final number I was so taken up by the moment that I sang my heart out. When I finished it was a good showbiz moment and everyone was happy but there was blood trickling down my face and I had to be re-stitched. But, it was so worth it!”