Yes, Hugh Jack­man is a sud­den pop star

Wolver­ine ac­tor to launch world tour in 2019 with hits from The Great­est Show­man, Les Mis­er­ables and more

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FILM NEW YORK—Hugh Jack­man is set to launch a pop star-like tour next year, but he’s done his re­search: he’s been to a Be­y­oncé con­cert. A Justin Tim­ber­lake con­cert. AND A MICHAEL JACK­SON CON­CERT.

“I’ve seen some of the greats,” Jack­man said in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day. “And the great per­form­ers for me are the ones who can con­nect with the per­son in the back and in the front. And I’ll some­times sit in the back ‘cause I wanna know, ‘am I feel­ing it back here?’ ‘Cause I’m from the theatre, (so) for me ev­ery­thing I do has to con­nect to ev­ery sin­gle per­son.”

The reg­u­lar con­cert at­tendee is hop­ing to make some strong con­nec­tions with fans when he Hugh Jack­man is hop­ing to make some strong con­nec­tions with fans when he launches his first world tour — dubbed “The Man. The Mu­sic. The Show” in 2019.

launches his first world tour — dubbed “The Man. The Mu­sic. The Show” — next year. Ac­com­pa­nied by a live or­ches­tra, he will per­form songs from The Great­est Show­man, Les Mis­er­ables

and Broad­way mu­si­cals, among other se­lec­tions, in cities from Ber­lin to Los An­ge­les.

“I’ve al­ways felt strangely at home on a stage, no mat­ter how big the stage is — some­times even more than in life,” said the ac­tor, known for roles like Wolver­ine. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think when I turned 50 I would be play­ing Madi­son Square Gar­den or the Hol­ly­wood Bowl.”

Jack­man, who was born in Aus­tralia, did an arena tour there three years ago, but he didn’t think he could repli­cate the suc­cess out­side his na­tive home.

“I had no idea re­ally what the de­mand is for me. It’s not like I mea­sure it or I ask. I al­ways un­der­play it,” he said. “At that time three years ago I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘I’d re­ally love to do this around the world.’ And my agent in L.A. goes, ‘I’d leave it in Aus­tralia, dude.’ ”

But then came The Great­est Show­man — a game changer for Jack­man’s mu­sic ca­reer. The 2017 film was a box-of­fice pow­er­house, but so was — and still is — its sound­track: the al­bum has reached multi-plat­inum sta­tus and is one of the year’s top al­bums, match­ing the suc­cess of any ma­jor rap, pop or rock al­bum. It came in fourth on Bill­board’s list of top al­bums for the year and also made Ap­ple Mu­sic’s year-end Top 10 list.

“The op­por­tu­nity to go around the world ... I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have had it if it wasn’t for The Great­est Show­man,” Jack­man said.

The Great­est Show­man has come a long way: Jack­man re­calls how the movie only earned $8.6 mil­lion in its first week around the time the sound­track de­buted at No. 71 on the Bill­board charts.

“When we opened, when I saw I didn’t get an email, nor­mally you’ll get a con­so­la­tion email from your friends, the stu­dios; it was like crick­ets, like noth­ing. That’s how bad it was,” he said. “We worked eight years on it ... and I al­ways want to re­mind peo­ple the stu­dio took a big risk on it. It wasn’t cheap.”

Jack­man will kick off his tour in Ger­many, on May 13.


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