Hugh Jackman might play a hero in the 'X-Men' film series, but today he is a real hero. The Tony winning 'Boy From Oz' star recently returned home to his native Australia where he saved the lives of his kids and another family who were at risk of drowning from a dangerous riptide in Sydney. The whole dramatic incident was captured on video.
Fans of comic book TV shows/movies and musical theater have a lot in common. Both the theater and comics require a rather large central conceit,(breaking out into song and dance and super natural powers, respectively), but offer you an inside glance at some pretty detailed characters. Action figures allow kids to take control of their favorite hero and community theater gives actors a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite character. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many musical theater actors also cross over into the world of superhero TV shows/movies. Hugh Jackman is famous for playing both Peter Allan in The 'Boy From Oz' and Wolverine in the 'X-Men' series. Many of his fellow X-Men are also know to break out into song and dance. The list could go on for days. Tonight we focus on on Tony winner turned supervillain. B.D. Wong ('M. Butterfly,' 'You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown') recently joined the cast of Fox’s 'Gotham' as the demented Doctor Hugo Strange. Check out the report below for a look at Wong as Strange.
The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League have their new host for 2016 Tony Awards celebration. 'Into the Woods' film actor Late Late Show Host, and Tony Award Winner James Corden has been selected to emcee the evening. Corden is replacing last year’s paired host, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Reefer Madness, film). The bar for Corden gets even higher when compared to host of Tony’s past, Hugh Jackman ('Boy From Oz') and Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch', 'Assassins'). Both men have won Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony’s. It should be noted that all five the aforementioned actors have won Tony Awards.
The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.
Hugh Jackman may have gotten most of the attention at yesterday's press introduction for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Jez Butterworth's The River, but American audiences might also recognize co-star Cush Jumbo's face from the Season Three "Children of Earth" series on the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.
A risky bet on a film adaptation opens on the West End without a trial run.
Hip-hop culture has been muscling its way onto the Great White Way for some time, with or without Hugh Jackman's rapping skills.
Hugh Jackman hosts a music-heavy lineup that includes pop stars, cast performances and previews.
The Tony winner (and four-time Tony host) will appear in a limited engagement of Jez Butterworth's first play since 'Jerusalem.'
An Emmy award-winner for his 2004 gig as a Tony-giver, Wolverine himself, Hugh "Logan" Jackman, will make an unprecedented third-time appearance as the much sought-after host of the 68th annual Tony Awards on June 8.
No more bets, gentlemen, the most hotly contested position in British--and maybe world--theater has just been filled. Rufus Norris will take over Britain's National Theatre from 2015, when the (excellent) incumbent Nicholas Hytner steps down.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.
The soundtrack to the big screen adaption of Broadway musical "Les Miserables" topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging out British folk rockers Mumford & Sons.