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(Australian Associated Press)
Homegrown star Hugh Jackman will bring his first world tour to Australia, performing in venues once reserved for rock stars.
Australia’s favourite showman announced on Tuesday he will bring The Man. The Music. The Show. home in August.
In the show, Jackman will perform hits from films The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables, as well as songs from his Broadway career, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Joining Jackman on the tour will be The Greatest Showman cast mate Keala Settle, who portrayed Lettie Lutz, the bearded lady, in the musical based on the life of PT Barnum.
The duo performed songs from the film including This is Me and A Million Dreams at a preview on Tuesday, accompanied by the Australian Girls Choir.
Jackman told reporters he was thrilled to be adding songs from the award-winning film to the show.
“I get videos literally every single day from kids, from birthday parties, choirs, pubs, karaoke bars – you name it – to see how that music has really captured the imagination of a lot of people and how it makes them feel … it’s an incredible privilege” he said.
“I pinch myself every single day, I never thought in a million years this would ever happen.”
The tour starts in Europe, officially kicking off in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13.
It’s the first tour of its kind for Jackman, who will perform at famed arenas including New York’s Madison Square Garden, London’s The O2 and the Hollywood Bowl.
The month-long Australian leg of the tour will kick off at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on August 2 and Jackman has promised he’s coming prepared.
“I’ve been doing a lot of preparation for the show, a lot of dancing – this show’s got a lot of dancing in it,” the entertainer said.
“My choreographer likes to think I’m 25 years of age, so my knees are bending in ways they haven’t been in a while, but honestly, I’m loving it.”
Before he was Wolverine, Jackman spent his early career working in theatre, performing in shows including Oklahoma! and Beauty and The Beast.
In 2004 he won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy From Oz, which chronicles the life of Australian songwriter Peter Allen.
“From the moment I walk out – in fact even before I walk out onto the stage, I always stand in the wings, just hearing that chatter of people getting ready, anticipation, it reminds me of some of the best times in my life,” Jackman said.
“I absolutely love it.”
* The Man. The Music. The Show tour dates:
August 2-3 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
August 10-11 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
August 16-17 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
August 21-24 – RAC Arena, Perth
August 31 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
* Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 7