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Hugh Jackman's Opening Number at the Tony Awards: VIDEO

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Was Hugh Jackman's opening number big, bold, and bouncy enough?

Find out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. No, no, and who cares? Opening a show about singing, dancing, and acting with none of the above is pointless. Hugh can sing and dance--give him something to capitalize on his talents.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 8, 2014 10:40:50 PM


  2. What is the film that contains that long bouncing scene?

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Jun 8, 2014 11:21:11 PM


  3. Yeesh. This was pathetic. Compare this to last year's opening number with NPH. It's embarrassing.

    Prediction: NPH will host next year and there will be at least one joke about this sad opening number.

    Posted by: Terri | Jun 8, 2014 11:24:05 PM


  4. Hugh Jackman could not possibly surpass NPH's opening number last year.

    Sustained jumping for 4 minutes like that without breathing hard shows Hugh Jackman to be in better shape than most pro Basketball players.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Jun 8, 2014 11:26:42 PM


  5. That's easily one of the worst opening numbers I've seen in my 18 years of watching the Tony Awards. Quite frankly I can't even think of a 2nd place right now; it was that bad.

    Posted by: Lance | Jun 8, 2014 11:38:37 PM


  6. @ GEOFFREYPS: The film is Small Town Girl (click on my name for the IMDb page).

    As far as opening numbers go, I prefer Rob Lowe at the Oscars….

    Posted by: Vint | Jun 9, 2014 12:01:31 AM


  7. Horrible

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 9, 2014 12:25:59 AM


  8. @VINT: Quite right. "Small Town Girl" was an MGM film released in 1953. It starred Jane Powell, Ann Miller and Bobby Van. The name of the jumping number was "Take Me To Broadway", hence it's use as the opening to the Tony Awards. It can be seen here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtlHjso3LHA

    Posted by: Dana | Jun 9, 2014 7:08:18 AM


  9. Nothing like doing an homage to an old movie...and NO ONE GETS THE REFERENCE.

    Fail.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jun 9, 2014 7:37:07 AM


  10. Yeesh! Unimpressive at best. NPH's eye roll in the elevator was the best part.

    Posted by: Jere | Jun 9, 2014 7:50:41 AM


  11. @ QJ201: perfectly said. But it set the meme for the stupid facebook setups backstage before every commercial.

    Posted by: jim | Jun 9, 2014 8:01:58 AM


  12. @ Terri -

    "Prediction: NPH will host next year and there will be at least one joke about this sad opening number."

    I imagine that Hugh would prefer to be in the audience after a nomination for his role in "The River".

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 9, 2014 8:31:56 AM


  13. I thought it was cute. Hugh is a great bouncer!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 9, 2014 8:54:57 AM


  14. love jackman, this was disappointing to say the least. waste of talent.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jun 9, 2014 9:27:07 AM


  15. The opening number was, in my opinion, as boring at the Tony's as it was in the long forgotten movie "Small Town Girl". While Bobby Van's original "bounce" was unique at the time it ran too long in the movie and it certainly ran too long for Jackman last night. Variety said that the decision was made not to due a big flashy opening number as it would be compared to NPH's opening number last year. Personally a big flashy opening number, regardless of comparison, would have been far better than what was done. Jackman was not well served by this year's writers.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 9, 2014 9:39:23 AM


  16. The opening number was, in my opinion, as boring at the Tony's as it was in the long forgotten movie "Small Town Girl". While Bobby Van's original "bounce" was unique at the time it ran too long in the movie and it certainly ran too long for Jackman last night. Variety said that the decision was made not to due a big flashy opening number as it would be compared to NPH's opening number last year. Personally a big flashy opening number, regardless of comparison, would have been far better than what was done. Jackman was not well served by this year's writers.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 9, 2014 9:39:24 AM


  17. What is it with the commentators here?
    You are the crankiest bunch of sad old queens in queerland.
    Get a life.
    Get a sense of humour.
    Sheesh.
    First, it's pretty damn impressive when a 45 year old man does that, live and without a break or missing a beat - or cutting the notes short on the song at the end.
    Damn impressive.
    Second, if you're too illiterate to catch the references, well, who's the bitches always screaming about how 'dumbed-down' Broadway has become?
    Right - you screaming ladies.
    He was cute, he was great.
    Oh - and has anybody noticed that while the Oscars go from clusterfuck to clusterfuck, the Tonys keep turning out perfect performances year after year?

    Posted by: enough already | Jun 9, 2014 9:40:40 AM


  18. If I'm not mistaken the Bobby Van bounce from "Small Town Girl" didn't even make the MGM "That's Entertainment" films until the third installment - or maybe even the minimally distributed "extras" video. I think MGM even forgot it.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 9, 2014 9:41:56 AM


  19. If I'm not mistaken the Bobby Van bounce from "Small Town Girl" didn't even make the MGM "That's Entertainment" films until the third installment - or maybe even the minimally distributed "extras" video. I think MGM even forgot it.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 9, 2014 9:42:00 AM


  20. Whoever thought up that bouncing thing should be shot.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 9, 2014 9:50:39 AM


  21. @VINT

    Thanks. I saw the scene years ago as part of a musical compilation show and have been trying to remember the name. It's fun, but oddly manic.

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Jun 9, 2014 9:55:29 AM


  22. Yes, the bouncing was physically impressive. And, yes, bring able to sing after that was great. But if I wanted to watch an impressive display of stamina and muscle control, I'd find a gymnastics competition. When your host is an excellent singer and dancer, hosting a show that honors great singing and dancing, he should, ergo, be singing and dancing. They could have simply brought him out, add a few jokes (kudos to the writers for the night's jokes, btw) and segued into the Gladys/Patti/Fantasia trio.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 9, 2014 10:00:21 AM


  23. He did a great job all evening! Love him!

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 9, 2014 10:42:58 AM


  24. Wow, what a bunch of bitter bees on this site. The fact that you all are too ignorant to know what this was referencing says nothing about this and a whole lot about you.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 9, 2014 12:01:30 PM


  25. Horrible waste of talent!

    Posted by: Mick | Jun 9, 2014 12:23:47 PM


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