Hugh Jackman will launch his first world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars.
The multi-talented Australian entertainer announced his The Man. The Music. The Show. tour on Friday, which will feature Jackman singing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and Broadway musicals, among other selections.
He will be accompanied by a live orchestra.
The tour starts in Europe, officially kicking off in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 2019. He will play two shows at The O2 Arena in London.
The North American leg begins on June 18 in Houston and he will perform twice at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.
The Boy From Oz star has not announced any Australian dates yet, but confirmed the tour will hit our shores at a later stage.
Before he was Wolverine, Jackman spent his early career working in theatre and musicals, scoring an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Oklahoma! at London’s National Theatre in 1998. He later won Helpmann and Tony Awards for his role in The Boy From Oz.
He previously toured a similar “mixed bag” show titled Broadway To Oz around Australia in 2015.
During an appearance on the US Today Show on Friday, the star called the tour “a dream come true for me”.
“I’ve done it in Australia, but now I’m gonna go around the world… I’m singing, I’m dancing, I’m telling stories.
“I’m on the back-nine of my life now, and this is about the front-nine – the best parts of the front-nine,” he said.
He also joked about the intense criteria that informed the songs he’s chosen to perform on the tour.
“It’s really self-indulgent, I’ll do my favourite songs – and you’ll all sit through it,” he said.