Hugh Jackman has announced he will embark on a massive global arena tour in 2019. Picture: AP
Hugh Jackman has announced he will embark on a massive global arena tour in 2019. Picture: AP

Jackman announces world tour

Australia's favourite son Hugh Jackman has announced he will embark on a world arena tour, performing songs from his movie hit The Greatest Showman and musicals such as Les Miserables, The Boy From Oz, and Oklahoma!.

"This is a dream come true for me," Jackman said during an appearance on the Today Show in the US.

"I'm singing, I'm dancing, I'm telling stories. I'm on the back nine of my life now, and this is about the front nine, the good parts of it, anyway."

Hugh Jackman will perform songs from The Boy From Oz. Picture: Supplied.
Hugh Jackman will perform songs from The Boy From Oz. Picture: Supplied.

The show, which will feature a 26-piece orchestra, as well as 30 singers and dancers, is scheduled to kick off mid next year and will travel throughout Europe and the US, before ending with shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Jackman will play arenas on the tour, including a stop at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York.

Keala Settle, who played the Bearded Lady in Jackman's monster silver screen hit, The Greatest Showman will also join the star "for a bunch" of dates.

The Greatest Showman has grossed $A600 million worldwide and it's soundtrack topped the charts in several countries including the US, Australia, the UK and Japan. The album also reached number one on iTunes in over 77 countries.

As for the set list, it was a pretty simple selection for Jackman. "I picked all of my favourite songs, and you'll all sit through it," the Aussie star joked on Today.

"But it's a mixed bag."

Hugh Jackman will bring songs from his hit The Greatest Showman to global arenas. Picture: Village
Hugh Jackman will bring songs from his hit The Greatest Showman to global arenas. Picture: Village
The Aussie will also sing songs from his role in Les Miserables. Picture: Supplied
The Aussie will also sing songs from his role in Les Miserables. Picture: Supplied

Jackman has been a star across Broadway and film; he won a Tony award in 2004 for his performance in the musical The Boy From Oz and starred in Baz Luhrmann's Australia alongside his good friend Nicole Kidman.

Hugh Jackman will be joined by his Greatest Showman co-star Keala Settle (far left). Picture: Christian Gilles
Hugh Jackman will be joined by his Greatest Showman co-star Keala Settle (far left). Picture: Christian Gilles

His performance as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables won him a Golden Globe and Academy Award and BAFTA nominations.

Jackman is currently starring in the film, The Frontrunner, and his performance as disgraced former US presidential candidate Gary Hart has been widely acclaimed.

Hugh Jackman said wife Deborra-lee Furness will join him on the road. Picture: AP
Hugh Jackman said wife Deborra-lee Furness will join him on the road. Picture: AP

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