Hugh Jackman’s ‘Broadway’ opening makes big impression Hugh Jackman’s ‘Broadway’ opening makes big impression
Hugh Jackman transforms from Hollywood action star to old-fashioned song-and-dance man in “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” which opened November 10 at the Broadhurst... Hugh Jackman’s ‘Broadway’ opening makes big impression

Hugh Jackman transforms from Hollywood action star to old-fashioned song-and-dance man in “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” which opened November 10 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The highly praised, 10-week limited engagement closes January 1, 2012.

Jackman’s production is a one-man musical revue, surveying his life against a backdrop of the actor’s favorite show tunes. Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs “Back on Broadway,” while Patrick Vaccariello helms the 18-piece orchestra.

Previews started October 25 at the 1,176-seat playhouse. In the two weeks since then, Jackman’s show quickly established itself as one of the Main Stem’s biggest draws.

According to the Broadway League, the A-list actor has performed for 16,705 attendees and grossed a cumulative $2.38 million — selling well over $1 million in tickets each week. Regular ticket prices run from $68.50 to $176.50. Premium seats run from $251.50 to $351.50.

Evening performances are staged Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees are held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, and on 3 p.m. each Sunday.

Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street. “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” runs about two hours, including an intermission. More details are available on the official production Web site.

Opening Night: “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway”

Publication Critic Review
Variety Steve Suskin “The evening…demands Jackman’s all, and he surpasses expectations.”
New York Times Ben Brantley “This dream date delivers.”
USA Today Elysa Gardner “Jackman exudes the kind of earthy charm that can’t be manufactured.”
Hollywood Reporter David Rooney “Two hours of pure pleasure.”
New York Post Elisabeth Vincentelli “[Jackman] knows exactly how to calibrate his revue’s two main food groups: beefcake and cheese.”
New York Magazine Scott Brown “…a one-man show where branding and bonhomie fuse in a martini shaker of old-fashioned showmanship…”