Event likely to pique Broadway producers' interest
Hugh Jackman has booked a two-week concert gig at San Francisco’s Curran Theater, where he’ll perform songs from Broadway and Hollywood tuners.The concert perf in a legit theater setting — not unlike prior Main Stem performances by Harry Connick Jr., including one last summer — is billed as an event that will only play in San Fran. Still, the May 3-15 run seems certain to attract the interest of Gotham producers and presenters — if not in this particular show then at least in a similiar concert outing for Jackman in New York. Producers and fans have been waiting for this for awhile. In April 2005, Jackman played a one-night, invitation-only concert at the new Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. That fueled rumors that the star would be working up a nightclub act, but that never materialized as he was busy with other work. The performer has proved one of the Rialto’s most bankable stars after B.O.-busting stints in “The Boy From Oz” and “A Steady Rain.” He’s also hosted the Tony Awards three times and hosted the Oscars in 2009. In “Hugh Jackman in Performance at the Curran Theater,” he will be backed by a 17-piece orchestra in the venue, where a number of visiting Broadway tours play. The May engagement is produced by San Fran presenter and producer SHN. Jackman is said to be attached to a brewing Broadway tuner about Harry Houdini with book by Aaron Sorkin and music by Danny Elfman. Timeline for that show has not been nailed down. Connick Jr. (“The Pajama Game”), another fave of Broadway auds, logged hefty sales tallies last summer from a limited run of 15 perfs of “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway.”
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