Hugh Jackman is Host with the Most at Tony Awards

Tony Awards Show
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In the hands of Hugh Jackman, being inside Radio City Music Hall for the Tony Awards ceremony was like being at a party with an incredibly gracious host.

Jackman impressed during his on air moments by doing everything from hopping for four minutes straight in the opening bit to tap dancing, jump roping and rapping in “The Music Man” bit with T.I. and LL Cool J. “They just gave me my rap name: Biggie Tap Shoes,” he joked.

But it was in the moments during the commercial breaks where Jackman really showed his ease and grace. He kept the audience’s mood light by cracking jokes, impromptu singing and giving regular updates on the score in Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. He joked about the “animals in the mosh pit” — aka the orchestra section.

At one point Jackman took a poll of audience members, asking among how many had not looked at a smartphone or device during the long show. When a few hands went up he shouted back: “Liars!”

He even called out his wife. “My wife’s on her iPhone — come on, honey.”

During one of the longer breaks toward the end, he made a point of introducing the orchestra members. “That’s all sex,” he joked as the standup bassist played a riff.

Before the last commercial break, he asked all of the winners to come up at the end of the night for a class picture. “Audra McDonald, if you come everyone will follow,” he said. And he urged the audience to get on our feet and bounce with him — before being set free to have a drink.

In all, Jackman moved around the stage with the skill of a seasoned pro that he is. There was a lot giddy talk on the stage from winners about the community of Broadway. With Jackman at the helm, we all felt welcome there tonight.

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  1. MattH. says:

    He is a master showman and deserves all the kudos he’s receiving for his herculean effort last night. The man never ceases to amaze.

  2. Gino says:

    Jackson oozes charisma more than any other show business icon I know with the possible exception of Billy Crystal.

    • Barbara Brilliant says:

      Hugh Jackman’s hosting should win a Tony. The Boy from Oz showed his proficiency at all the elements that make musical actors great. A triple threat, he sings, dances, and acts plus he does charming stand up all with ease, grace and passion. The Tony Award celebration was produced like a finely tuned Broadway show. Bravo!

      Barbara Brilliant
      Creator/Executive Producer
      Peabody Award 2014
      Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

  3. peter says:

    Hugh Jackman is one of the all-time greats! In a class all his own.

  4. Cat Flats says:

    Everyone loves it when folks come together and share ideas.
    Great blog, stick with it!

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