After the first series of preview shows now complete for Hugh Jackman's one man show "Back on Broadway", the Great White Way is looking to the action hero and song-and-dance man to help stabilize ticket sales in the back half of 2011.
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With a limited run only through January 1, 2012, Jackman just finished eight preview shows which brought in a haul of $1.2 million. This amount broke the record at the Broadhurst Theatre, which has featured "The Merchant of Venice" starring Al Pacino and "700 Sundays" featuring Billy Crystal in the past.
The show, which features Jackman backed by an 18-piece orchestra, is made up of songs from the actor's career on the Broadway stage and on the silver screen, including songs from his successful run as the lead in "The Boy from Oz" as well as some of his own personal (think Singin' in the Rain) favorites (highly doubtful he breaks out the Wolverine mutton chops and claws for a musical showdown with Sabretooth).
The show officially debuts this coming Thursday, November 10, and given the early response and limited run, tickets are sure to be in very high demand. The hope for Broadway is that this short run by Jackman will continue to offset the declines other Broadway shows have seen at the box office. The price range for face value tickets is fairly wide, ranging anywhere from $68.50 to $351.50.
For a complete list of show dates and ticket prices and deals for what is sure to be one of the hottest shows on Broadway this holiday season, check out SeatGeek for all the details.