Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show. A Concert Review
He Is the Greatest Showman.
With normal concerts, you pretty much know what to expect. The musician is introduced, they come out jamming, and an hour-and-a-half later, you're smiling and heading home. Thankfully, Hugh Jackman isn't normal. He didn't just put on a show, he performed in ways absolutely no one else could. He accomplished feats that no one else has. He's raised the bar for everyone else in showbiz, not to necessarily surpass it but to reach for new heights. He urges the audience to never give up on a dream, to never stop reaching, because only you can turn that dream into an unique experience.
30 minutes before the show began, a DJ came out to warm up the crowd. He threaded together classic songs with new songs, all with a techno remix. Then, the real show began. As the beat slowly built, we were treated to a highlight reel of Hugh's movie performances, from Oklahoma to X-Men to The Greatest Showman. The main spotlight revealed Hugh as he entered the stage, beginning the show with "The Greatest Show".
Now, I know what you're thinking because I thought it too: he's just going to sing songs from the shows and movies he was in. But, that wasn't the case. Yes, he did give us excerpts from the things we already know and love him for, but there was so much more to it. He played the piano, he showed off his dancing talents (both Broadway style and modern), he tap-danced to "Thunderstruck", and he paid tribute to his Australian heritage with music native to the Aboriginal people. If you were sitting there with a heavy heart, perhaps his take on "You Will Be Found" from the play Dear Evan Hansen will make you feel a little better. The stories he told made this seemingly inhuman powerhouse of a man feel more relatable. There were some stories that were humorous, but mostly they were touching and rather emotional.
His crew were all just as talented as he was. With a ton of dancers, backup singers, and a giant orchestra at his disposal, he was able to give the performance of the century and make you forget about life for a while. There was an intermission, so, all in all the show ran for a good 2 to 2 and a half hours. He wanted to be sure the audience got their money's worth and it's safe to say he did. Speaking of money, he's the first performer that I've seen that actually acknowledged that the ticket and parking were expensive and that he knew many people had to scrape just to see him. He tearfully thanked each and every one of us for coming out to support his crew and his tour.
In conclusion, while Hugh may be finished with Wolverine, he's certainly not done with Broadway. As he told stories of his childhood and his first acting experiences, it's clear that singing and dancing has always been his first love. Hollywood was merely a waypoint as he achieved his true dream: being able to create the most elaborate, comprehensive world tour of all time and bring joy to millions around the globe. I give Hugh Jackman's The Man, The Music, The Show tour a 4 out of 4. I'd honestly rank it higher if I could. I laughed, I cried, I cheered - and it's a show I won't be forgetting anytime soon.
© 2019 Nathan Jasper