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 Post subject: The Boy from Oz
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2003 8:20 am 
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'Oz': A Mess Instead of a Myth
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 17, 2003; Page C01
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NEW YORK -- If the producers had wanted to level with the public, they'd have come up with a more appropriate title, something on the order of "Hugh Jackman's Chest Hair! The Musical."Not that Jackman's voice and calves are not impressive. He really can sing and dance, and does both with a star's radiant magnanimity in "The Boy From Oz," the misguided exercise in celebrity worship that opened last night at the Imperial Theatre. The Aussie actor's musical skills are on display from the opening minutes, but it is not until Act 2 that Jackman fully struts his stuff. Stripping to the waist and, taking a page from the Tom Jones Guide to the Macho Bump-and-Grind, he incites an audience to oohs, ahs and ovations.
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 Post subject: Re: The Boy from Oz
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Jackman's a wizard as Allen of Oz

By DESMOND RYAN
The Philadelphia Inquirer

For all its flaws - and they are many - there is still an overwhelming reason to catch The Boy From Oz, and that's the guy from Oz.

Hugh Jackman, the rising movie star from down under, delivers a portrait of the late Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen that is nothing less than galvanizing. It transcends even the kind of indelible imprint Nathan Lane left on The Producers.
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The Private But Outrageous Peter Allen

By JUSTIN GLANVILLE
Associated Press

It seems to have been Peter Allen's fate to be overshadowed by other stars. When he died in 1992 - by which time he had scored an Academy Award, recorded 10 albums and starred on Broadway - Allen was still identified in obituaries as the man who had been discovered by Judy Garland and was the first husband of her daughter, Liza Minnelli.

His songs, too, were hits mostly for other performers: Melissa Manchester with "Don't Cry Out Loud," Olivia Newton-John with "I Honestly Love You."
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Broadway Over Rainbow for Jackman in 'Oz'

By ROBERT OSBORNE
Reuters

Understandably. Rarely has a roof been lifted off a theater by the kind of thunderous applause that greeted Jackman (as the late Peter Allen) and the sensational "Oz" cast several times throughout the musical's premiere at the Imperial Theater, rising to a crescendo during the show's knockout finale: Jackman descending a glitzy Robin Wagner-designed staircase to a sea of Ziegfeldian-dressed (by William Ivey Long) showgirls and dancing boys, shaking shoulders and delivering a slam-bang version of one of Allen's signature songs, "I Go to Rio." (The house erupted.)
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Can Hugh Jackman Save 'Oz'?

By ROBIN POGREBIN
The New York Times

"Phantom of the Opera" has the chandelier.

"Nine" has the "naked woman descending upside down in a bedsheet" number.

"The Boy From Oz" has Hugh Jackman.

That was at least one producer's answer to the question that has been dogging "Oz," the new Broadway musical about the Australian entertainer Peter Allen, since the reviews began more than a week ago, almost all of them loving the star but hating the show: Will Hugh Jackman be enough to sustain it?
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On Broadway, Hugh Jackman's an Oz-on favorite

By TONY BROWN
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

New York - Forget "The Boy From Oz." That's the title of the silly, cliche-ridden new musical that worships Australian-born Peter Allen, the middling songwriter and cabaret act whose one standout quality was being openly gay.

But definitely catch the boy from Oz. That's the lanky, Australian-born Hugh Jackman, who oozes star power by the bucketload in his Broadway debut, playing Allen.
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Mad about the Boy

By PHILLIP McCARTHY
The Sidney Morning Herald
December 23, 2003

The producers of The Boy from Oz have done something rare in this season of flops, ego clashes, aborted openings and quick closings on Broadway. They returned $US1.24 million ($1.66 million) of upfront money to their investors and inched their Hawaiian-shirted musical closer to profitability.
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Boy dazzler

By PHILLIP McCARTHY
The Age
May 4, 2004

John Travolta looked good on the big screen 27 years ago in a form-fitting white suit playing Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. But how would his slightly less-svelte figure cut it, now, in one of Peter Allen's Hawaiian shirts as The Boy from Oz?
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Jackman defies the critics

By PHILLIP McCARTHY
The Sydney Morning Herald
May 11, 2004

Hugh Jackman, at the centre of a media juggernaut that includes a hit movie and musical, has been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Peter Allen in the American production of The Boy From Oz.
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Jackman agrees to repeat Pete
by JONATHON MORAN for the Age

HUGH Jackman has confirmed he will star in an Australian tour of The Boy From Oz, ending more than a year of speculation.

published: October 17, 2005
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Jackman puts boy back in Oz
by SOPHIE TEDMANSONfor the Age

"Playing Peter Allen is not usually what you think is going to turn your movie career around, but it ironically did fantastic things for me," Jackman said in Sydney yesterday.

The X-Men star's stint on Broadway was used as a virtual casting call for Hollywood directors: Darren Aronofsky cast Jackman in his dressing room for the coming sci-fi movie The Fountain; Woody Allen saw his stage performance and cast him in Scoop; and after watching The Boy From Oz, Steven Spielberg rang Jackman and said: "I've got to do a movie with you".

published: February 14, 2006
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The Boy from Oz
by BRYCE HALLETT for the Sydney Morning Herald

"It will be visually spectacular with lots of naughtiness," Jackman said. "By the way, the song Tenterfield Saddler is back [in the show], otherwise we would be lynched."

Gannon said American audiences didn't understand the song so they replaced it with the ballad Once Before I Go.

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Search on for Boy from Oz
in the Age

A nationwide search has begun for a young Peter Allen to star alongside Hugh Jackman in the Australian extravaganza stage show The Boy from Oz.

Forty pre-teen, would-be stars filled Vodaphone arena in Melbourne today singing and dancing their hearts out in a bid to be one of four boys selected to play Little Peter in the show.

published: May 13, 2006
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 Post subject: Ben Gannon has died
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Obituary: Ben Gannon
in the New Zealand Herald
published: January 27, 2007

The Boy From Oz producer Ben Gannon has died at his Sydney home after a long battle with cancer. He was 54. The international producer of theatre, film and television enjoyed a 30-year career in the arts.
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