He may be one of the most popular and successful actors in the movie industry, but Aussie legend Hugh Jackman is now set to showcase his singing voice like never before as he embarks on a world tour next year.
The 50-year-old star will 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 announced The Man. The Music. The Show tour on Thursday, and 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 – but exact dates and venues for that are yet to be confirmed.
Jackman will tease the tour on Friday when he is set to perform two songs in the plaza at the Rockefeller Centre in New York as part of the Today show concert series, and sharing a video on Instagram, he admitted it was part of his bucket list to perform at the incredible venue.
Standing with the famous Christmas tree behind him, Jackman admitted he “can’t believe it” as he prepared to perform the two tunes – but kept tight-lipped on which he would choose.
Fans shared their excitement at the news on social media, with one commenting: “Literally my two favourite musicals,” while another added: “We have to go to this.”
And one fan quoted the famous lyrics from The Greatest Showman hit song ‘This is Me’, writing: “Look out ’cause here I come.”
Jackman caused a huge stir with his lead role in the musical when it was released in December last year. 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!”