Top Tony Awards Performances: Remembering Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen

Move over, Oscar.

The Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday with a special “musical theatre in film” tribute but for passionate theatre fans, there is only one awards ceremony that stands above the rest: the Tonys.

The Tony Awards, scheduled this year for June 9, are a timeless celebration and those who work tirelessly to play eight (and sometimes more) shows a week. For decades, audiences have delighted in the magic of Broadway and showmanship in the enchanting and welcoming lights of New York City.

Just as relevant as the first ceremony in 1947, the Tonys bring together theatre fans across the world in a gala of performance, music, dancing, and friendship. The theatre community always shows such passion and enthusiasm for the awards that it is no doubt that this year’s ceremony will be met with excitement and anticipation.

So even before this year’s nominees are not-yet revealed, we’ll be providing a walk down memory lane with some of the best Tony Award performances as we gear up for this summer’s awards.

 

Hugh Jackman at the 2004 Tony Awards.

Hugh Jackman at the 2004 Tony Awards.

Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen, The Boy from Oz (2004)

Flamboyant, spirited, and whimsical are just a few words that describe Hugh Jackman’s Tony Awards performance for The Boy from Oz.  Jackman, who has garnered much attention over the past few months for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables film, plays Australian entertainer Peter Allen in the Tony nominated jukebox musical.

At the 2004 Tony Awards, Jackman performed the number “Not the Boy Next Door” with lots of hip action and flamboyance before he accepted the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Peter Allen.  During the performance, Jackman also managed to embarrass Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker while having a bit of fun in-character.

Considering his past roles, Jackman is possibly one of the most versatile actors in the industry.  From Marvel badass Wolverine to riding out on stage at the Tony Awards on a camel wearing a sequin leopard-spotted shirt and tight pants, the native Australian seems to have covered almost every archetype in the entertainment industry.

What’s so great about this performance?  Everything. The performance is loud, fun and encompasses the excitement and thrill of a big Broadway musical.

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What are some of your favorite Tony performances? Do you prefer Jackman in a flashy get-up on stage or as Valjean on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!

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