Hugh Talks Broadway, Past and Present; Updates on ‘Greatest Showman’

Even more snippets from an interview with Collider have surfaced, this time about Broadway. Hugh Jackman talks about his upcoming one-man show at the Broadhurst, his experiences in the theater over the years, and even provides some additional information on the much-anticipated musical on P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman on Earth. Check out the snippets below:

On choosing songs for his one-man show:
“It took me a year [to choose which songs I would perform]. My overall goal was that I desperately wanted to sing these songs. So the whole show would have a thing for me where if I’m busy and let’s say I have two weeks off, I would be like ‘I really want to go do this show for a week.’ rather than ‘Okay. I’m doing this show.’ It was really important to me to really choose stuff that I love and not just stuff that I thought people would love. I have an eclectic kind of…there is some musical theater from stuff that I’ve done and there’s stuff that I have wanted to do that I haven’t done. There are also standards, rock and roll, and a little bit of everything.”

On what drew him to Broadway and the difference between other theaters:
“I’m lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there’s something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they’re educated. They go in ready and they’re up for it, they’re up for the party. It’s a whole different atmosphere. A lot of the other places where you do theater you have a feeling that you have to win them over. There’s little bit of them sitting on their hands. In Broadway, if they don’t like you, they’ll let you know early on. But then they’re like ‘Alright. Let’s go. We’re ready for a good night.’ There’s some combination between that, the history, the proximity of all of these theaters, and the community that exists in the theater – it’s just amazing. There’s actually footage of me somewhere in 1996 when I was doing a musical down in Australia. They sent me to New York to do a column piece, it was like an Australian 60 Minutes. There’s footage of me in Times Square being a dickhead going, ‘Can you believe this?! Look at this! Maybe one day…’ So you have to be careful what you wish for.”

On The Greatest Showman on Earth:
“[It’s] this idea of a Barnum type character, that story about him, which I’ve always found fascinating, but not using the Cy Coleman music that was there, finding new music, finding a different way to tell the story. That came to me and I thought, ‘This is a great idea.’ I thought it would be a great part to play. There is a script, but there is no music yet. So it’s fair to say that it’s a long ways off.”