So this has been a bit of a bucket list item for me. I am a huge Hugh Jackman fan as he crosses the divide between two of my non-travel passions – superhero films and musical theatre. As the star of Wolverine, Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman his first world tour was not to be missed. In fact, tickets came out about half an hour after we landed at Gatwick airport after an overnight flight from Mexico but we put our exhaustion to one side to be at the front of the queue.
The show itself was fantastic. Hugh Jackman is a true showman in every sense of the word. He sings, he dances and he is a real crowd pleaser. He ensured every member of the audience enjoyed the show – even the Wolverine fans. The set list leaned heavily towards his previous roles in The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and, entertainingly, The Boy From Oz.
Jackman jumped into each number with boundless energy and the production was slick and well put together. He was joined on stage by a number of guest performers including the incredible Keala Settle whose rendition of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman was one of the highlights of the night. The cast from the 2003 West End production of Oklahoma also returned for one night only.
Special recognition should be given to Jenna Lee-James who supported Jackman in a number of ensemble numbers most notably singing I Dreamed A Dream during the Les Miserables part of the show. Her performance was exceptional and stood out amongst the bigger names on the stage.
The tour has now continued to the United States. If you are stateside, we would highly recommend snapping up any remaining tickets. For those of you who missed out this time, keep an eye out for the next tour. You won’t be disappointed.
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