In his column this morning, Michael Riedel suggests that Hugh Jackman, who just completed a two week run of his solo variety show at the Curran Theater in San Francisco is considering the starring role in an upcoming stage adaptation of Tim Burton's Big Fish. The new musical is being composed by Andrew Lippa. Jackman recently participated in a reading of the show with Laura Benanti.
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In other Jackman news, the song and dance man will be bringing his one man show, entitled Hugh Jackman in Concert, to Toronto this summer, according to the Toronto Star. He is expected to bring the concert to The Princess of Wales Theatre from July 5 through 17. In the concert, Hugh Jackman performs his Broadway and Hollywood favorite musical numbers backed by a 17 piece orchestra. An official announcement of the Toronto engagement is expected from Mirvish today.
Australian native Hugh Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men" franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful "X2" and 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." Most recently, he reprised his role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009.
Jackman has starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain", Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige", Woody Allen's "Scoop" and opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia." In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away". Other leading roles include "Someone Like You", "Swordfish", "Van Helsing", and "Kate and Leopold", for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. Up next he can be seen in DreamWorks' "Real Steel" out this October.
For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz," Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.
In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in the Keith Huff penned "A Steady Rain." Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of Oscar host as he fronted the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from the Kodak, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn't, however, Jackman's first foray into Awards show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 - 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony.
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