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re: Hugh Jackman starred in the REVIVAL of THE BOY FROM OZ
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 03:55 pm EDT 10/12/21
In reply to: re: Hugh Jackman starred in the REVIVAL of THE BOY FROM OZ - jo 12:01 pm EDT 10/12/21

If his movie career had not happened, or if the X-MEN films had fizzled, I'm pretty sure that Jackman would still have been a sought after leading man on Broadway, in the West End, and on stages in his native Australia. He'd likely have come to New York with OKLAHOMA! and that revival might then have been better received that it ultimately was (Patrick Wilson was fine, but there was a general sense that the production wasn't as good in New York as we'd heard it was in London). Had his performance been as well-received as it was in London, he would not be lacking work on New York stages.

I think it's likely that Jackman would have pursued film roles, as many actors probably do, but, without the serendipity of walking into a franchise at the last moment after another actor's injury, it's unlikely that he would have had any easier a road than any other actor whose "bread and butter" is theatre. For example, I see Aaron Tveit on television now and then and he's terrific, but he's not setting the world on fire in TV the way that he does on Broadway. Maybe he just hasn't found the right role (and it's unquestionable that, for Jackman, Wolverine was the right role), but Tveit will be in demand on Broadway for leading roles, especially now that he has a Tony, probably for the next 20 years.
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