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Back to Broadway for Jackman after hosting Tonys



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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Mike May 08 2014 at 7:15 PM

He really should do porn.

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Bruce Mike May 08 2014 at 9:41 PM

Not 'til he shaves off the beard...

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richyalf May 08 2014 at 8:28 PM

He should have won the academy award for his performance in Le Miserables. His willpower not to use his wolverine powers against Javert demonstrated an extrordinary courage.

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ChingOW Mango richyalf May 09 2014 at 8:52 AM

That movie sucked and Russell Crowe was a joke in it! Some things should be left to Broadway - this was one of them!

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bl1892 May 08 2014 at 9:48 PM

He is really a cute guy, and so nice.

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ChingOW Mango May 09 2014 at 8:50 AM

Sounds like an interesting play which will be made even better by having Hugh Jackman in the starring role!

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