Hugh Jackman performs Greatest Showman hits on The Today Show

Plus a medley of songs from 'Les Misérables'

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 05 December 2018 09:20
Hugh Jackman performs 'The Greatest Show' on the Today show

Hot off announcing a worldwide arena tour, Hugh Jackman appeared on The Today Show to perform hits from The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables.

The X-Men actor took to the stage to perform the eponymous song from The Greatest Showman and a medley from Les Mis, culminating in "One More Day".

“This is the bucket list,” he told the crowd before performing. “This is a dream come true. Look at me! I’m in the Plaza with the tree behind me.” Watch below.

Jackman will perform music from both films, plus musicals he's appeared in beforehand (The Boy from Oz, Oklahoma), on his tour, The Man. The Music. The Show.

He described it as a one-man show backed with a 26 piece orchestra “and about 30 singers and dancers”. He also confirmed he’ll be joined by Greatest Showman co-star Keala Settle, who appeared in the 2017 film as the Bearded Lady.

Jackman, who appeared in Tom Hooper’s big-screen version of Les Mis in 2012, has previously performed his one-man show on Broadway as well as at venues in Australia.

The actor, who has played Wolverine in eight X-Men film, will next be seen playing former presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Frontrunner from Juno director Jason Reitman.

Box office hit The Greatest Showman will also be receiving the theatre treatment in a previously announced Broadway show which is in the early stages of development.

The musical about the life of 19th-century American circus ringmaster PT Barnum, also starring Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya, may have been memorably dismissed as “a shrill blast of nothing” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, but its cultural impact is undeniable.

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