Back to Broadway for Jackman after hosting Tonys

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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 14: (from left to right) News Corp Chariman Rupert Murdoch, Debra-Lee Furness and actor Hugh Jackman arrive at the Penfolds Icon Gala presented by G'Day La: Australia Week 2006 at the Palladium on January 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actor Hugh Jackman, his wife Debra Lee Furness and daughter Ava attend the Edun Fall 2011 collection during Fashion Week, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Hugh Jackman Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on March 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Actor Hugh Jackman visits Empire State Building's 86th floor observatory for Australia Day at The Empire State Building on January 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman speaks during the global launch of the UNICEF IMAGINE project and to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 60th Anniversary of UNICEFs Goodwill Ambassador Programme and the 35th anniversary of the Music for UNICEF concert, at the United Nations in New York on November 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Hugh Jackman, winner of the Empire Icon Award, poses during the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England. Regarded as a relaxed end to the awards show season, the Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry’s success stories of the year with winners being voted for entirely by members of the public. Visit empireonline.com/awards2014 for more information. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Jameson)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the 2014 BAM Theater gala at Skylight One Hanson on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Pregame Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (L) and actor Hugh Jackman attend the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Actor Hugh Jackman speaks to channel nine television during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor Hugh Jackman attends David Lynch Foundation Presents: 'Change Begins Within' Benefit Gala at Conrad New York on December 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Hugh Jackman (L) and Deborra-Lee Furness speak onstage during Gabrielle's Angel Foundation Hosts Angel Ball 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actor Hugh Jackman performs onstage during 'Hugh Jackman... One Night Only' Benefiting MPTF at Dolby Theatre on October 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MPTF)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman holds the Donostia Award during the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival in the Northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on September 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman laughs during a press conference after the screening of the film 'Prisoners' during the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 27, 2013 in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. AFP PHOTO/ SEBASTIEN BERDA (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BERDA/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the 'Prisioners' photocall during the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival at the Kursaal Palace on September 27, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses after the screening of his film 'Prisoners' during the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 27, 2013 in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses with fans after the screening of his film 'Prisoners' during the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival on September 27, 2013 in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Australian actor Hugh Jackman arrives to Maria Cristina Hotel during 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 26, 2013 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the 'Prisoners' Germany Premiere at Sony Centre on September 26, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Hugh Jackman visits 'The Opie & Anthony Show' at SiriusXM Studios on September 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actors Hugh Jackman (L) and Jake Gyllenhaal attend the Warner Bros. Pictures' premiere of 'Prisoners' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Hugh Jackman arrives at the premiere of 'Prisoners,' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, on September 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Hugh Jackman of 'Prisoners' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 8: Hugh Jackman at Good Morning America to promote X-Men Days of Future Past in New York City on May 8, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy are seen at the launch X-Men, Days of Future Past on Monday, March. 31st, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman is seen at the launch X-Men, Days of Future Past on Monday, March. 31st, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Australian actor, Hugh Jackman, left, recipient of the Donostia Award for his contribution to the cinema, greets fans prior to receiving the award, at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
FILE - This Sept. 7, 2013 file photo shows Hugh Jackman at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Producers of the Tony Awards said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that Jackman will host the next awards on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Director Denis Villeneuve seen at Warner Bros. Premiere of 'Prisoners', on Thursday, Sep, 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
374795 12: Actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographers July 31, 2000 at the premiere of Coyote Ugly at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Hugh Jackman says he's jacked to host the Tony Awards for the third time, but fans of his stage work won't have to wait long to see the Tony-winning star onstage again.

"I'm going back to Broadway. I'm doing a play called 'The River,' a Jez Butterworth play. So I'm really looking forward to treading the boards here on Broadway," Jackman told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The very intimate play, the first since Butterworth's "Jerusalem," is about a trout fisherman in a remote cabin who is visited by two of the women in his life. It was first seen in London in 2012.

But before that, it's the Tony Awards for Jackman on June 8.

"It's like the Olympics for an athlete or the Super Bowl for a football player. You want to do your best, and, of course, you only get one shot at it. But they're the things you look back at the end of the day and say, 'I'm glad I had a go at that,'" Jackson said of the annual awards ceremony that celebrates the best in theater.

"I've done it three times, the Tonys. For me it's one of the best shows out there. It is one of the most accepting, generous audiences you can ever get at Radio City Music Hall," Jackman said. "I never take for granted how lucky I am to be embraced by that community. After all, I'm an Aussie, but I've always felt at home there."

The new play will be Jackman's fourth on Broadway. He was last there with a one-man show in 2011 that routinely sold out the 1,176-seat Broadhurst Theatre. He also starred in "The Boy From Oz" in 2003 and the play "A Steady Rain" with Daniel Craig in 2009.

The 45-years old star, who is promoting his latest film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," says he's already started rehearsals for the Tonys, but doubts his X-Men character Wolverine will be making an appearance.

"I'm not sure Fox will be thrilled if Wolverine came out singing and dancing," he joked.
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