Hugh Jackman says he is knocking an item off his bucket list by returning to his roots on the Australia Stage.
The Hollywood star has plans Monday for a concert tour of his native Australia starting in November based on his successful one-man show, Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway.
Jackman made his announcement to reporters in Sydney, Australia, on Monday.
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“Anybody who knows me knows that keeping secrets is not my forte… today is the announcement of a true bucket list moment for me.”
According to the Associated Press, the Broadway to Oz show will be a mix of songs and stories shared by Hugh Jackman. The concert will feature performances with choirs, dancers and musicians, and highlight songs from shows in which he has starred or others he would have like to have been.
While best-known as Wolverine in the X-Men films and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, the actor won a Tony Award as lead actor in the musical The Boy From Oz, based on the life of Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen.
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Jackman promises to open up during the tour and looks forward to sharing an intimate glimpse into the life of the multi-talented entertainer — from his early days in Outback Australia through successes in musical theater and Hollywood stardom.
“You will get to know the real me.”
According to Variety, Hugh Jackman’s career began in Australia in the 1990s with starring roles in Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and The Beast. It was while acting in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV drama series Corelli that he met his wife, co-star Deborra Lee Furness.
Jackman’s wife daughter Ava were at the announcement and the actor pointed them out at his big announcement.
“Most guys say can I go golfing with buddies, I say to Deb ‘can I do my show,'” he said.
Jackman’s roles in Australian independent films include Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings. After making his way to Hollywood, fans were treated with his roles in The Prestige, The Fountain, The X-Men franchise and its Wolverine spinoff, and Les Miserables.
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Hugh Jackman’s eight-date concert tour opens in Melbourne on Nov. 24, followed by stops in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.
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