Honestly, I can't say that I have enjoyed a show more in the last few years. That man has more talent in his pinky (especially when said pinky is being wagged in very enthusiastic 'jazz hands') than most people in Hollywood have in their entire botoxed and buffed bodies. The show was spectacular - he charmed the audience with stories, interspersed with show tunes, singing, dancing and gushes of handsomeness.
The songs ranged from pop songs to a whole medley from "The Man From Oz" - completely in Peter Allen fabulousness, sequined shirt tied neatly around Wolverine abs (Hugh won a Tony for that role), to a whole tribute to musicals (Singing in the Rain, Sing Sing Sing. etc). He also did a lovely tribute at the end to the Aboriginal people of Australia, narrated by Olive Knight, a leader in Aboriginal politics and causes in Australia. Complete with a backup orchestra and two foxy female singers, he owned the stage - prowling around it with energy, joy and absolute abandon.
And that's really what I love about Hugh Jackman - whether hosting the Oscars, the Tonys, or slicing and dicing as Wolverine, you really, truly get the sense that he loves what he does. And he does everything with gusto and heart and pours himself into it. He told a story about how his main philosophy is to "have a go" at things. So far so good Hugh!
Did I mention that I was in the 4th row? And that meant when he came into the audience, I could basically have flung myself into his arms? It was only for the sake of the show that I remained in my seat - it was so entertaining, even my passion for him couldn't stop it. I seriously considered chucking my bra at him, but as most breast feeding mothers know, spontaneously removing your bra in public is never a good idea.
There was a moment, yes a MOMENT, that Hugh was singing right to me. Stared right in my eyes, grinned and belted it out. Swoon.
My friend Oprah told me that Hugh Jackman is one of the nicest celebrities that she ever met, and I don't doubt it for a second. Rock on Wolverine! Have you seen the number he did with Neil Patrick Harris at this year's Tony Awards? See below - fantastic!