The Boy From Oz Arena Spectacular [Australian Tour]

Run date: 2006

Cast: Hugh Jackman (Peter Allen), Chrissy Amphlett (Judy Garland), Colleen Hewett (Marion Woolnough), Angela Toohey (Liza Minnelli), Murray Barlett (Greg Connell)

Libretti by: Nick Enright
Lyrics by: Peter Allen
Music by: Peter Allen

Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Choreographed by: Kelley Abbey, Kenny Ortega

Starring Hollywood heartthrob Hugh Jackman, The Boy from Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heartbreaking story of Peter Allen, from humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback through a meteoric rise to fame and international stardom. Allen became a superstar in the 1980s, best known for hits like “I Honestly Love You,” “I Go to Rio” and for winning the Academy Award for the theme song from the film Arthur, as well as having been discovered by Judy Garland, marrying her daughter, Liza Minnelli, and his record-breaking runs at Radio City Music Hall.

An asterisk (*) denotes a song featuring Hugh.

» Reviews

“Hugh Jackman is so deliciously charming he is almost edible. Even playing Peter Allen, the King (and Queen) of Camp, he is the sexiest creature south of Mars. He pranced and minced on stage and, when he peeled off his sequined shirt, he triggered squeals of delight from a phalanx of women. They dived over seats to touch him as he cavorted in the aisles. Jackman has that indefinable quality that makes a star. In addition to his remarkable stage presence and vivid characterisation of Peter Allen, he has a strong and passionate singing voice and impeccable comic delivery. He deserved his 2004 Tony for this role and, when he does his ironic screen test as James Bond, the audience clearly thought he should have the role. Talk about versatile: from Las Vegas camp to sex symbol spy.”

“Jackman is clearly having a great time, especially in his banter with the audience. He even collapses the personas of Hugh Jackman and Peter Allen into one, dropping double entendres about his mate Keith Urban, and doing a mock audition for the screen role of James Bond. Jackman’s dominance is obvious every moment he is on stage, and when he gets a rest for a few minutes in the first half, the show loses some momentum. Remarkably for a vast arena, the mood slips easily from flamboyant razzmatazz to moments of intimacy, particularly in scenes involving the three women in Allen’s life.

“When he first performed the role on Broadway in 2003, Hugh Jackman’s charisma, vitality and breezy confidence onstage far outshone the narrative or emotional scope of the by-the-numbers biomusical of singer-songwriter Peter Allen. The scales have been tipped even further toward the performer in this pumped-up reconfiguration of the show, playing state capitals in venues of 10,000 seats or more. It’s as much a concert platform for a returning local boy made good in Hollywood as it is a life story of Peter Allen. And that’s no bad thing.”

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