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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Greatest showman Hugh Jackman to embark on musical world tour

Show will feature live orchestra and songs from 'Greatest Showman,' 'Les Miserables,' and 'The Boy from Oz'

Hugh Jackman attends the 2018 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Goleta, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman attends the 2018 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Goleta, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman is set to embark on a world tour performing songs from the hit movie musicals Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman, as well as his hit Broadway one-man show The Boy from Oz, for which he won a Tony Award.

Jackman announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, along with the decidedly showbiz tagline "The Man. The Music. The Show."

The 50-year-old later elaborated on The Today Show, where he was promoting his latest film The Front Runner, revealing that the tour would visit the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

“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.”

The star owes his early career successes to the stage, including his star-making turn at London’s Royal National Theatre’s in the 1999 production of Oklahoma!.

Though his new production doesn’t kick off until next year, Jackman will preview the show at New York’s Rockefeller Center on Tuesday.

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