Hugh Jackman (Photo: Ben Watts; Artwork: DKC/O&M)
By Matthew Wexler
We could all use a little Wolverine right now. Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will discuss his career and the films he loves with 92Y Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf on Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m. The talk will be hosted on 92Y’s website.
Hugh Jackman is the popular star of the films The Front Runner, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, Prisoners, The Prestige, and as Wolverine in the “X-Men” films, including Logan. He also stars in Bad Education, currently airing on HBO. Among Jackman’s acclaimed stage performances is The Boy from Oz, for which he received a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical. He is currently preparing to star in The Music Man on Broadway.
“Mr. Jackman more than confirms the bright theatrical promise of his performances in the 1998 revival of Oklahoma! in London and the Carnegie Hall concert version of Carousel,” said Ben Brantley of Jackman’s performance in The Boy From Oz.
Jackman later appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain, his solo show Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, and Jez Butterworth’s The River. (Butterworth also wrote the Tony-winning The Ferryman.)
In a recent interview with Variety and iHeart Radio, Jackman said that the highly-anticipated revival of The Music Man is still slated to open this fall, despite Broadway’s re-opening being repeatedly delayed due to coronavirus.
“I speak with [producer] Scott Rudin every other day, and we’re due to start rehearsals on June 29, and that hasn’t changed,” said Jackman “Our first preview is September 15. But of course, we’ll have to see what happens. But at present, that’s still the plan.”
“What most people don’t understand is that it probably [takes] seven years to get to their first preview,” Jackman continued. “I know what it takes to get a musical up and running and going, the amount of work that goes into it. It’s just devastating.”
Annette Insdorf—92Y Reel Pieces moderator and Columbia University professor—has been bringing New York audiences the best in film for over 30 years, including previews of Oscar Best Picture winners Spotlight and Birdman, and conversations with Francis Ford Coppola, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, Daniel Day-Lewis and Angelina Jolie. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes.
For tickets to the 92Y livestream remote event, click here.