HUGH JACKMAN – Exclusive Engagement at the Curran Theatre, May 3–15

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

SHN presents Hugh Jackman In Performance at the Curran Theatre in a two week limited engagement May 3rd–15th in San Francisco. Hugh Jackman will perform his Broadway and Hollywood favorite musical numbers backed by a 17 piece orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st at 10 AM.

“I have always loved performing live on stage,” says Hugh Jackman. “I’m excited to now have the chance to put together some of my favorite musical performances for Bay Area audiences. And I can’t think of a more ideal place to do this than the intimate Curran Theatre in San Francisco, one of the best Broadway theaters in America.”

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“What a thrill it is for me to have Hugh Jackman perform on the stage of the venerable Curran Theatre,” said Carole Shorenstein Hays, SHN Founder.  “My ongoing commitment is to provide an artistic home for creative artists like Hugh to develop new work.  SHN is proud to present this exciting evening at the Curran Theatre with an artist of Hugh Jackman’s caliber.  And, like all theater lovers in the Bay Area, I am thrilled that San Francisco will be the only city presenting this show.”

Australian native Hugh Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the  X-Men franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Most recently, he reprised his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009.

Jackman has starred in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Woody Allen’s Scoop and opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia. In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet and Flushed Away.  Other leading roles include Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate and Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. Up next he can be seen in DreamWorks’ Real Steel out this October. For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in the Keith Huff penned A Steady Rain. Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.

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Previous theater credits include Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), Sunset Boulevard (MO Award – Australia’s Tony Award) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (MO Award nomination). On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of Oscar host as he fronted the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from the Kodak, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn’t, however, Jackman’s first foray into Awards show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 – 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony. 

Hugh Jackman In Performance at the Curran Theatre will be directed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello.

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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