It may be hard for some to imagine that the same man who is best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in X-Men as a singer and dancer, but Hugh Jackman is out to remind everyone of his talent and passion for musical theater. The 50-year-old star just announced on Today his one-man show world tour, The Man. The Music. The Show. The tour will feature music and dance from hit movies The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables, as well as Broadway show The Boy from Oz, for which he won a Tony award.
Jackman started playing iconic superhero Wolverine in 2000, took to Broadway as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz in 2003, landed Jean Valjean in the 2012 adaptation of Les Miserables, and finally wrapped his role of Wolverine in 2017. That same year, he played the lead in The Greatest Showman, a musical about the life of P.T. Barnum, the legendary co-owner of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The Greatest Showman was a seven year production and labor of love, which finally hit big screens in December of 2017. It recently drew renewed interest with the release of The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, which features the soundtrack covered by popular artists like P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, and Panic! At The Disco.
Jackman told Today that the tour will feature him alongside a 26-piece orchestra and approximately 30 singers and dancers. He says that the show is a “mixed bag”, which will include music from the above mentioned musicals, as well as a variety of other songs of his choosing- at which point he joked about it being slightly “self-indulgent”- and some storytelling. He also teased the addition of guests to some of the shows, specifically Keala Settle, who played the incomparable “Bearded Lady” in The Greatest Showman.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 29, 2018
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Jackman will be performing live on the Today plaza to promote the tour, which officially begins in June of 2019.