Hugh Jackman was on a new episode of James Lipton’s series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” where he interviews guests about their careers and the craft of acting. Because Hugh has been on the show before, he and Lipton continued where they left off, discussing The Prestige, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, and extensively exploring all things Les Misérables. There were some great stories strewn throughout, and the Bernard Pivot questionnaire at the end featured very different answers than last time.
Although there’s no video of the episode online (yet), check out some extra footage from Bravo’s website below. There are also previews from the episode here, in case you missed them.
Fresh off of the honorary Tony Award announcement, Hugh Jackman has also received an Astaire Award nomination! This, according to Theater Mania. Due to his one-man show, Back on Broadway, he has been nominated for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical. The Astaire Awards will take place June 4th at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations, Hugh!
FYI: Other nominees in the category include Ricky Martin (Evita), Danny Burstein (Follies), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Leap of Faith), Jason Tam (Lysistrata Jones), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Thayne Jasperson (Newsies), Ryan Steele (Newsies) Ephraim Sykes (Newsies), Matthew Broderick (Nice Work if You Can Get It), and Robert Hartwell (Nice Work if You Can Get It).
Earlier today, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced that Hugh Jackman will receive an honorary Tony Award. This, after this recent Broadway show – Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway – was deemed ineligible for a traditional award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Special Tony Award given to Hugh will be for “his contributions as a performer and humanitarian” and will be presented during the ceremony on June 10th. Congratulations, Hugh!
A new interview has surfaced for the new year, in which Hugh talks about breaking Broadway box office records and Les Miserables, his upcoming movie. There’s also some talk about the Australian film festival, Tropfest, and gives some advice for would-be filmmakers looking to score a hit in the inaugural event brought to New York. Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the whole thing:
Back on Broadway broke a number of Broadway records, like the highest weekly gross for the Shubert Organization.
The show has gone way better than we could have imagined. I decided to do it because Wolverine kept getting delayed, so I didn’t want to just sit around waiting. I had quite modest ambitions. I said to my agent, “Find me a 30-minute charity gig or something, just get me going,” and he rang me the next day and said, “We’ve got a theater.”
You’re starting rehearsals for the movie adaptation of Les Miz later this month. I read that there are going to be no prerecorded songs — that you’ll be singing live on the set. Is that true?
Yes, I believe we are going to be singing live. We will obviously have to do a safety prerecord, because when you’re singing you’ve got to have all the music in your ear, and I’m guessing also for quality of sound for the soundtrack. And sometimes when you film there are noises — smoke machines, things like that — where the actual sound on set may not be usable. But most of it we’re going to be singing live, which for something like Les Miserables is essential. You don’t want it to feel like it’s all done in a recording studio, nor do you want it to look like the actors are miming the whole thing. I wouldn’t know how to do that. I think it would take more work to mime it than to sing it.
Tropfest has been in Australia for twenty years. Why expand to New York now?
Tropfest is like a rock concert in Sydney. You get 100,000 people watching short films, and suddenly all of Sydney thinks they are filmmakers. It has demystified that whole idea of, “Oh my God, it’s impossible to make films and you can’t do it without a lot of money.” So it seems to me that if it can work in Sydney, Australia, then in New York it should become an even bigger phenomenon. This is New York!
This is a bit delayed, but we’ll just blame that on the holiday season! Hugh Jackman recently appeared on CUNY TV’s Theater Talk, hosted by Susan Haskins and the New York Post‘s Michael Riedel, where he talked about his one-man show and Broadway experiences. It’s a pretty long interview – at just under a half-hour – and worth watching, if only for the anecdotes that Hugh peppers in throughout. You can watch it below or visit the official site for television air dates/times:
The Gypsy Of The Year competition beat records this year, raising $4,895,253! The event was held yesterday and today, December 5th and 6th, and Hugh Jackman was there to help host. During his run on Broadway, Hugh was able to raise an incredible $857,740 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), making him the “winner” of the competition. In fact, Hugh’s percentage of the total money raised in just three weeks was so high – more than twice as much as the second largest total (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying‘s $325,935) – that “the judges took him out of the competition and gave him a Special Award for the effort” (PLAYBILL).
Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe were the other two hosts of the evening, helping Hugh hand out awards to the winners. The soon closing Billy Elliot earned the title of Best Onstage Presentation, while a highlight of the evening was a special performance by the original 1972 Broadway cast of Grease. Other musicals that raised an impressive amount for BC/EFA this year include Book of Mormon ($315,968), Wicked ($240,809), Spider-Man ($197,285), and Follies ($186,405). The top raising play was Other Desert Cities with $77,712. Congratulations to all!
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