The Man. The Music. The Show.
|Tour by Hugh Jackman|
Promotional poster for the tour
|Associated album||The Greatest Showman|
Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers
|Start date||7 May 2019|
|End date||15 October 2019|
|No. of shows|
|Hugh Jackman concert chronology|
The Man. The Music. The Show. is a concert tour by Australian entertainer Hugh Jackman. It showcases material from the soundtrack album, The Greatest Showman and Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers backed by a live orchestra. Comprising 90 shows, the tour will visit North America, Europe, and Oceania. It began on 7 May 2019 in Glasgow and is scheduled to conclude on 20 October 2019 in Mexico City. The tour was officially announced on 30 November 2018, through the tour's website and is produced by AEG Presents, TEG-Dainty and helmed by Robert Fox.
The show is inspired by Classical Hollywood as well as the 2017 film The Greatest Showman with Warren Carlyle as the creative director, and Ashley Wallen as the choreographer. The tour featured costumes from Tom Ford, and an elevated stage with a runway and a round-shaped front. The central theme of the show was Hollywood glamour and extravagant style, and consisted of different segments, with each inspired by different topics. Inspirations varied from Broadway and Hollywood classic numbers to circus. The setlist had more than 20 songs picked from Jackman's career.
Jackman's previous one-man shows including Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway were critically praised for his vocal performance and stage presence and the album The Greatest Showman Soundtrack received widespread commercial success and earned him a Grammy award; It all led to The Man. The Music. The Show. tour which was announced by Jackman on November 29, 2018, via Twitter. The tour is led by AEG Presents, helmed by Robert Fox and directed by Warren Carlyle. It is Jackman's fourth collaboration with Carlyle.
In an interview about the tour, Jackman explained, "Doing an arena show, for me, is perhaps the ultimate because of the amount of energy and excitement that you can create. Surprisingly to me, [...] you can create a special kind of intimacy." He later clarified, "I want every night to feel like those people saw something that only happened that night [...] I've been on stage a lot over my life and I probably feel more at home there than anywhere."
The tour has been described as an 'extravaganza and characteristically theatrical spectacle' included songs from his musical career. Rehearsals for the tour commenced on January 2019 with involvement from the team of creative directors, producers, designers and choreographers. and the rehearsals occurred for 8 hours per day.
The title of the show was explained, "You know the man, you enjoyed the music and now you can see the show." Hollywood glamour and extravaganza were listed as the central themes of the show. Inspirations for The Man. The Music. The Show. tour came from the film, The Greatest Showman, Broadway and Hollywood classic numbers and circus.
Jackman would 'get into different characters' — from Gaston and Jean Valjean to The Boy from Oz’s Peter Allen — when he performs their respective songs. "It’s a state of mind and a commitment and I think the audiences really enjoy the transformation." Jackman said. Speaking to Billboard Jackman stated, "I’m going to do an homage to some of the great musicals. I’m going to dance like I’ve never danced before." and about the setlist, he told, "If I hear the intro to a song and don’t get a tingle, then I take it out. For me, it has to feel like, “I can’t wait to sing this song.” Because if I don’t feel that, how can the audience feel excited about it?"
Warren Carlyle was signed as the creative director for the show, while Ashley Wallen choreographed the dancers through intricate dance steps. The large main stage was elevated and set up at the end of the arenas, with a long runway extending from its middle, the pathway ended into a round-shaped front. The tour featured costumes from Tom Ford including, a black snake-print velvet jacket, a metallic silver jacket and an ensemble of white shirt with pleated bib, silk-satin cummerbund and black fedora.
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The show began with a video montage of Jackman's film characters, as Jackman ascended to the stage, clad in a silver tux to sing "The Greatest Show" followed by a performance of "Come Alive". The show continued with "A Million Dreams", which included a lady translating the song into sign language.
General sales for the tour started from December 7, 2018. Prices ranged from $50 to $430. Tickets for the shows started selling out rapidly; due to the huge demand for tickets, extra dates were added for Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and London.
Some of the UK cities sold out within minutes of being available, resulting in Aiken Promotions, warning buyers not to purchase tickets on the website Viagogo, a platform for third-party sellers, claiming, "There is no proof tickets appearing online actually exist." however Viagogo stated, "The tickets sold on our platform are genuine tickets that have been sold on by the original ticket purchaser in good faith."
During the North American leg of the tour, Jackman urged his social media followers to stay vigilant, after an alleged scammer set up fake social media profiles and some became embroiled in a ticket scam. Taking to Twitter, he revealed that fake accounts in his name are targeting his followers, promising meet and greets, to take money from them.
In June 2019, Billboard announced the first boxscores for the tour, reporting the first leg dates. Total gross was $23.4 million with 289,586 tickets sold from 26 shows in Europe. The tour launched May 7 at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, where he earned $2.7 million across three shows. Jackman continued the trek through May and into June, where he posted sell-out finals at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome (May 17; $783,000; 10,825 tickets), Zurich’s Hallenstadion (May 19; $609,000; 6,313 tickets), and the AccorHotels Arena in Paris (May 22; $834,000; 10,566 tickets), among others. The leg finished on a high note with a six-show run at London’s O2 Arena from June 2–7. There, Jackman grossed $7.4 million from 93,566 tickets sold.
Mark Fisher of The Guardian gave the concert a score of 5/5, and said, "The renaissance man’s song-and-dance spectacular skips merrily through Jackman's acting career with celebrity pizzazz and unashamed sentimentality." David Pollock of The Daily Telegraph gave it 4/5 stating, "The sense of natural showmanship that made him perfect for the role of PT Barnum was tangible, and – along with his raw, rustic baritone – it carried the evening." Paul Little of The Times reacted positively, saying: "[...]for Hugh Jackman, a combination of charm, being multi-talented and possessing leading man looks defines him." Natalie O'Donoghue of BroadwayWorld gave it 5/5, stating "Jackman is a born entertainer who had the 13,000 strong audience in the palm of his hand the entire evening." Steven MacKenzie of The Big Issue referred to the dramatic moments of the musicals saying, "Of all his formidable, envy-inducing skills, he is a truly great actor." Emily Heward of Manchester Evening News gave it 4/5, writing, "It’s hard to imagine any of Hollywood’s other leading men carrying off an all-singing, all-dancing revue with such charisma. Schmaltzy? Yes. Indulgent? Absolutely. But it’s also irresistibly good fun." Ciara O'Brien of The Irish Times simply wrote, "He came, he tap-danced to AC/DC, he conquered." Francesca Steele of The Times gave it 5/5 saying, "Jackman has oodles of pizzazz and his charm filled the arena." Andre Paine of Evening Standard wrote, "The greatest showman, or a self-indulgent superstar? A bit of both, perhaps. But Jackman’s energetic arena show is supremely entertaining." Sophia Dellapina of Manchester’s Finest branded the show, "A colourful, wild, energetic, stunning hybrid of cinema, theatre, and music." and said, "Although I was slightly distracted by how great his bum looked for the duration of the concert, his dancing was yet another highlight- especially the tap dancing sequence." The critic of EILE Magazine said, "It was slick but had a sense of spontaneity, It was polished but personal." Calling Jackman "An old-fashioned hoofer, crooner and matinee idol." Kate Goerner of TheatreReviewsNorth said, "Indeed you only have to look at the audience to see that here is a performer who appeals to all demographics. From girls' nights out to middle-aged couples to small children dressed up in ringmaster garb, it’s rare to see such a mixed bunch making up a 17,000 strong sell-out Manchester Arena audience."
Writing for the Houston Chronicle, Joey Guerra noted that "Jackman can sing and dance marvelously, to be sure. But he's also gifted with the ability to fully inhabit a character. It turned every song into a real moment." Ross Raihala from St. Paul Pioneer Press dubbed the show "campy and engaging" saying, "Jackman delivered the sort of old-fashioned, high-glamour evening of Hollywood spectacle that was once common on stage and screen, but is rarely produced at this level today." Jon Bream of Star Tribune branded the concert, "uncompromisingly ambitious, flashily entertaining and consistently uplifting." Gary Graff from The Oakland Press described the show as, "an arena-sized song, dance and video spectacular, extravagantly staged and delivered with an engaging, sincere exuberance that transcends its script." Barbara Schuler from Newsday reviewed the show at Madison Square Garden, saying "Jackman was captivated the audience with song-and-dance numbers, along with some lovely, intimate moments." Melissa Ruggieri from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labeled the show "Jackman’s own Broadway spectacle" whose talents can "ably command the arena." Sarah Harris of Daily Herald wrote, "Jackman put on a thrilling spectacle and dazzled the arena with showmanship." Gil Kaan of BroadwayWorld dubbed the show "sensational" and said, "Utilizing his spectacular combo of sturdy vocals, fancy footwork, and multi-watt charm, Jackman owned the Bowl stage. He certainly knows how to work his audience into a frenzy, hitting all emotions." Naming Jackman, "The last of a dying breed: the all-round entertainer." Charles McNulty from Los Angeles Times wrote, "The two sides of his performing identity — movie star and musical trouper — came together in a homage to movie musicals. He knows how to punctuate a big number with an arm hoisted like a victory flag." Angelique Jackson of Variety stated, "The show is a wide-ranging experience overall, but the setlist feels cohesive because it’s personal, navigating Jackman’s history as a performer and showing off his eclectic musical tastes."
Setlist from the concert on 7 May 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. It does not represent all shows throughout the tour.
- "The Greatest Show"
- "Come Alive"
- "The Way You Look Tonight"
- "I've Been Everywhere"
- "You Will Be Found"
- "Someone to Love"
- "This Is Me"
- "Valjean's Soliloquy/I Dreamed a Dream/One Day More"
- "The Boy Next Door"
- "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)/Don't Cry Out Loud/I Honestly Love You/Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage/I Go to Rio"
- "Tenterfield Saddler"
- "A Million Dreams"
- "Luck Be a Lady / Singin' in the Rain / I Got Rhythm / Steppin' Out With My Baby / Sing Sing Sing"
- "Nomad Two Worlds - Art Song"
- "Nomad Two Worlds - Inhibition"
- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
- "Mack the Knife"
- "From Now On"
- "Once Before I Go"
|Leg 1 – Europe
|7 May 2019||Glasgow||Scotland||SSE Hydro||N/A||31,991 / 32,172||$2,734,850|
|8 May 2019|
|9 May 2019|
|12 May 2019||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis||—||—|
|13 May 2019||Hamburg||Germany||Barclaycard Arena||9,199 / 11,515||$969,113|
|14 May 2019||Berlin||Mercedes-Benz Arena||7,623 / 10,840||$822,294|
|16 May 2019||Cologne||Lanxess Arena||10,322 / 13,510||$1,124,260|
|17 May 2019||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Ziggo Dome||10,825/ 10,825||$782,606|
|19 May 2019||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion||Keala Settle||—||—|
|21 May 2019||Mannheim||Germany||SAP Arena||N/A||7,499 / 8,479||$835,217|
|22 May 2019||Paris||France||AccorHotels Arena||Keala Settle||10,566 / 10,566||$834,116|
|24 May 2019||Manchester||England||Manchester Arena||43,479 / 44,072||$2,985,550|
|25 May 2019[a]|
|27 May 2019[b]||Birmingham||Resorts World Arena||36,107 / 36,107||$2,677,243|
|28 May 2019|
|30 May 2019||Dublin||Ireland||3Arena||N/A||25,035 / 25,035||$2,075,718|
|31 May 2019[c]|
|2 June 2019||London||England||The O2 Arena||Keala Settle
|93,566 / 93,566||$7,441,090|
|3 June 2019|
|4 June 2019|
|5 June 2019|
|6 June 2019|
|7 June 2019|
|Leg 2 – North America
|18 June 2019||Houston||United States||Toyota Center||N/A||10,648 / 10,648||$1,041,486|
|19 June 2019||Dallas||American Airlines Center||12,587 / 13,714||$1,164,273|
|21 June 2019||Chicago||United Center||13,070 / 13,070||$1,328,925|
|22 June 2019||Saint Paul||Xcel Energy Center||13,160 / 13,160||$1,326,611|
|24 June 2019||Detroit||Little Caesars Arena||12,138 / 13,006||$1,216,158|
|25 June 2019||Toronto||Canada||Scotiabank Arena||12,556 / 12,915||$1,188,734|
|27 June 2019||Boston||United States||TD Garden||12,335 / 12,335||$1,266,320|
|28 June 2019||New York City||Madison Square Garden||34,944 / 36,230||$4,242,613|
|29 June 2019[d]|
|30 June 2019||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center||12,835 / 12,835||$1,289,305|
|1 July 2019||Washington, D.C.||Capital One Arena||12,831 / 12,831||$1,308,382|
|3 July 2019||Atlanta||State Farm Arena||10,114 / 10,989||$1,060,824|
|5 July 2019||Tampa||Amalie Arena||12,507 / 12,507||$1,253,403|
|6 July 2019||Sunrise||BB&T Center||10,050 / 11,708||$1,037,306|
|10 July 2019||Denver||Pepsi Center||11,433 / 11,848||$1,138,038|
|11 July 2019||Salt Lake City||Vivint Smart Home Arena||21,250 / 21,250||$2,104,745|
|12 July 2019|
|13 July 2019||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena||10,212 / 11,242||$1,089,574|
|14 July 2019||Glendale||Gila River Arena||11,183 / 12,226||$1,057,510|
|16 July 2019||San Diego||Pechanga Arena||9,153 / 9,448||$885,796|
|17 July 2019||San Jose||SAP Center at San Jose||11,466 / 11,466||$1,214,715|
|19 July 2019||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl||—||—|
|20 July 2019|
|Leg 3 – Oceania
|2 August 2019||Sydney||Australia||Qudos Bank Arena||N/A||76,483 / 78,209||$6,502,850|
|3 August 2019 [e]|
|4 August 2019|
|5 August 2019|
|7 August 2019|
|10 August 2019 [f]||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre||—||—|
|11 August 2019 [g]|
|13 August 2019|
|16 August 2019||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||—||—|
|17 August 2019 [h]|
|18 August 2019 [i]|
|21 August 2019||Perth||Perth Arena||—||—|
|23 August 2019|
|24 August 2019 [j]|
|27 August 2019||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||—||—|
|31 August 2019 [k]||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||17,770 / 18,166||$1,633,870|
|1 September 2019 [l]||—||—|
|3 September 2019|
|6 September 2019||Auckland||New Zealand||Spark Arena||—||—|
|7 September 2019|
|Leg 4 – North America
|1 October 2019||Boston||United States||TD Garden||N/A||—||—|
|2 October 2019||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center||—||—|
|5 October 2019||Uniondale||Nassau Coliseum||—||—|
|6 October 2019||Newark||Prudential Center||—||—|
|9 October 2019||Pittsburgh||PPG Paints Arena||—||—|
|10 October 2019||Columbus||Value City Arena||—||—|
|11 October 2019||Chicago||United Center||—||—|
|12 October 2019||Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||—||—|
|13 October 2019||Kansas City||Sprint Center||—||—|
|15 October 2019||San Antonio||AT&T Center||—||—|
|19 October 2019||Mexico City||Mexico||Mexico City Arena||—||—|
|20 October 2019|
- Two shows on 25 May 2019.
- Two shows on 27 May 2019.
- Two shows on 31 May 2019.
- Two shows on 29 June 2019.
- Two shows on 3 August 2019.
- Two shows on 10 August 2019.
- Two shows on 11 August 2019.
- Two shows on 17 August 2019.
- Two shows on 18 August 2019.
- Two shows on 24 August 2019.
- Two shows on 31 August 2019.
- Two shows on 1 September 2019.
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