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Tonys 2009: Hugh Jackman back on Broadway?

May 2, 2008 |  1:55 pm

Hugh Jackman is considering a return to Broadway in a new stage adaptation of the 1954 film classic "A Star Is Born," according to Michael Riedel of the New York Post. He would play the alcoholic movie star whose career spirals downward while his wife's skyrockets.

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The Aussie hunk won a Tony Award in 2004 for "The Boy From Oz," a tuner take on the life of singer-songwriter Peter Allen. That musical covered the bisexual Allen's many loves, including his short-lived marriage to Liza Minnelli. Both she and her mother, Judy Garland, were pivotal characters in the piece.

"A Star Is Born" was Garland's big screen comeback, five years after she had been fired by MGM. While she wanted Cary Grant for her co-star, she ended up with another suave Brit, James Mason. As the doomed Norman Maine, Mason would earn the first of his three Oscar nominations. And, as awards fans know, Garland — in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history — lost her only best actress bid to Grace Kelly, who played against type as the drab wife in "The Country Girl."

While the stage show is set to include all of the music from the movie, including the Oscar-nominated "The Man That Got Away," Mason did not sing any of them. Should the show be able to mine the musical treasure trove of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Ira Gershwin, Jackman will no doubt have many a standout number. He made many fans on Broadway, hosting the Tony Award festivities for three years running, picking up an Emmy for his efforts along the way. This charismatic star would certainly be welcome back on the Great White Way.

(Photo: CBS)


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