Hugh Jackman to do a one man show of Greatest Showman songs: do people care?

Hugh Jackman just saw his latest Oscar dreams go down in flames. Hugh and director Jason Reitman pinned all their hopes on The Front Runner, their biopic about the political fall of Senator Gary Hart. Although the film was not that great to begin with, Hugh shot himself in the foot by being publicly effusive about his friendship with First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her trophy husband, Jared Kushner. To distract people from his failing movie and questionable alliances, Hugh announced his next project, a one-man show featuring all the hits from his more successful roles like The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables.

Hugh Jackman is reviving the one-man show he originally performed on Broadway and taking it on the road!

The Man. The Music, The Show will span cities within the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

The 50-year-old shared his excitement for the showcase while appearing on theToday show to promote his latest role in The Front Runner.

“This is a big dream come true for me… I’m singing, I’m dancing, I’m telling stories,” he said, noting he will be backed by a 26-piece orchestra and 30 singers and dancers. “I love going to a concert when I feel something happened that night that could only happen that night… I’m just gonna have a party.”

[From EW]

I’m afraid I’ll need to see the guest list before I RSVP to your latest party, Hugh. Actually, I’m going to pass regardless because truth be told, I am not a fan of Hugh’s singing. And I couldn’t stand The Greatest Showman. I know many loved that soundtrack, but I disliked the movie so much, I could never bring myself to enjoy the music.

I think Hugh does these one-man shows to make himself feel better. Since he retired from his Wolverine character, I imagine his career feels a bit rocky. Hugh’s track record in non-X-Men films is inconsistent at best. He’s a decent actor but his script selection sucks. But I think he gets off on a live audience’s energy. I saw his first one-man show. He was very charismatic and the audience loved him. The dancing was good. I think this will do well in his old stomping grounds of Australia and New Zealand but I’ll be curious to see how this is received in the US.

In case you are on the fence, Hugh gave a little taste of what you can expect. Are you tempted?



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  1. AnnaKist says:

    Umm, no, I certainly don’t care. However there are bound to be thousands who will climb over each other to get tickets, and hopefully, a glimpse or touch from him. Once again, I’m thankful of my ingrained cynicism of celebrities. Jackman is a jackass.

  2. Tanguerita says:

    Nice try, Hugh, but hard pass. you are cancelled.

  3. Jane says:

    People definitely care. I don’t know why, the film was crap and the music wasn’t much better, but it’s been a phenomenon. The soundtrack and the follow-up are both still in the top 10 in most countries, as is the DVD. In the UK ‘inspired by’ theatre shows that haven’t even licensed the music are selling out!

    So yeah, this’ll be huge for Hugh.

  4. grabbyhands says:

    If ticket sales are low, maybe he can reach out to his bestie in the White House for some promotion in the Neo-nazi ranks.

  5. Joss RED says:

    Sorry to say this, but…

    I love Hugh Jackman, but F*CK HUGH JACKMAN!

  6. OSTONE says:

    Nah. Jackman is cancelled for me.

  7. OriginalLala says:


  8. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I know a whole bunch of 50yr old women who are drooling over seeing this show. So, it will likely do pretty well.

    I am flad I’m not the only one who hates Greatest Showman. I love musicals, so it should have been a hit with me–and every elementary school age kid I know enjoyed it. But I found the glossing over how problematic the main character (PT Barnum) really was to make him some kind if hero & especially making Jenny Lind into some kind of scheming husband-stealing villain to be pretty disgusting.

  9. Des says:

    It’s a sign of just how poisonous the Drumpfs are that they’ve even managed to taint Hugh Jackman, the nicest man in showbusiness. I loved his one man show and I loved The Boy from Oz and I bet this is going to really play well to a certain demographic, so he’ll be all right but it’s going to be a while before the stain wears off.

  10. NotHeidisGirl says:

    I don’t care, do U?

  11. xdanix says:

    I was among those who actually liked both the movie and the soundtrack, but I’ll pass on the live show. For one, I’m sorry, but I don’t think Hugh is actually a great live singer. I’ve seen some videos on youtube and came away quite surprised- I’d have thought he’d be… better. And two… even if he WAS better, after his behaviour with regards to Ivanka and Jared, sorry Hugh, but nope. I can think of better things to spend my money on.

  12. Jane says:

    It’s funny that people are only wising up to Hugh now, when he’s been very openly close to the Murdoch family for ages.

  13. Patty says:

    The Front Runner was never going to be a hit. Nor was it ever expected to make a huge splash during awards season. Hollywood insiders and the people who vote awards don’t really care that Hugh Jackman Javanka to his birthday party. There are plenty of Hollywood types who outwardly claim to detest Trump but try to curry favor with him nonetheless.

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Just heard the radio commercial for tickets for this. He’s booking large arenas (TD Garden here, home of the Bruins & Celtics), not theaters, so he is definitely expecting large turnout. My secretary will definitely be there. She watches Greatest Showman at least once a week.

  15. Chaine says:

    Nope, didn’t see the films, won’t see the show. The only non X Men thing of his I enjoyed was The Prestige.

    • Dara says:

      The Prestige was excellent.

      • Lucy2 says:

        The Prestige was excellent. He was OK in it, but the real star was the story and Christian Bale, of course.

        I’m happy he is employing all of those musicians, but I am not interested in this.
        He used to really bug me years ago when he first became famous, but then I kind of liked him for a while. Now I am so over him and his happily being friends with Ivanka and Jared.

  16. Marjorie says:

    I thought the Greatest Showman was pure crap and didn’t know that people liked it.

    Always went to see his Broadway shows, including a stinker he did with Daniel Craig about cops shooting each other or something. I sat in the front row once at the Boy From Oz and sang along to the Peter Allen songs, which Hugh noticed and winked at me.

    Not any more. Turns out he’s a collaborator, I’m done.

  17. Jessica says:

    Hard pass for me. Thank you, next.

  18. Kerfuffle says:

    The Greatest Showman hit hard with the mom crowd. I was shocked at how many women I know lost their sh?t over that movie and soundtrack. They would absolutely buy tickets if it was in our area.

    As for The Frontrunner, that was DOA. Hugh may have had awards hope for it, but it made no money and critics thought it was not good. The Trump friendship opens him up to very valid criticism, but it’s not what sunk The Frontrunner.

    Also, can we talk about the fact that Hugh just doesn’t have very good taste? He had Oscar hopes for The Greatest Showman, and now The Frontrunner – he is choosing crappy movies as his “passion” project.

    • Deering says:

      He is miscast in TF, to put it mildly. And Jason Reitman is problematic as a director. One gets the feeling the latter is only a career downturn from directing right-wing crap like “Atlas Shrugged.”

  19. Michelle says:

    I have not seen a single movie he has been in and I can still say I am not interested. This seems like a little too much ‘self-promotion’ to me.

  20. Louisa says:

    I’ve seen him live on Broadway twice and I’ll admit I really enjoyed him. He’s very talented and charismatic and after the show he spent a lot of time signing playbills and taking selfies. I would probably have tried to get tickets to this show, but not now. Nope. He’s shown who he really is, and I can’t get past that. Canceled.

  21. burdzeyeview says:

    I think he’s a terrible singer….after Les Mis I’m amazed he got the GS role – I hate listening to him sing but also hate watching him cos it looks as if the veins in his throat are going to pop with the effort!

  22. holly hobby says:

    Nope not interested and Les Miz was not his strongest body of work. If you’ve seen Alfie Boe and the original guy who played Valjean you would not be impressed with Hugh’s singing.

    He should seriously consider backing off the Javanka train now.

  23. Case says:

    This movie was a MESS. It continues to stun me how popular it is.

    • Deering says:

      I’d bet good money the Philip and Anne romance is the major draw here. “Rewrite the Stars” was a terrific number.

  24. Renee says:

    I have to admit…I’m in. I like his singing and his charismatic performances.

  25. Liz version 700 says:

    Big giant nope

  26. Willowy Willow says:

    Why is this dude even still a thing? I mean.. the whole living a lie deal really chaps my hide, but the Javanka friendship? Oh hell no. That being said though .. no one better come for my DVD of “Swordfish” .. I will cut a bitch!

  27. NOTus says:

    I liked the movie and I like him as an actor, but nope. No hard feelings.

  28. Amelie says:

    I’m sure Ivanka, Jared, and the rest of the Trumps will be there to support him. I’ll pass.

  29. Meg says:

    My friends with kids love that soundtrack