Hugh Jackman Shouted Out To The Dear Evan Hansen Cast And They Paid Tribute Back In A Sentimental Way

Hugh Jackman is no stranger to musicals. He actually made his acting debut not through playing Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men (which he once described as being “lonely”), but through stage musicals during the ‘90s like Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard. Well, his stage musical appreciation continued when he gave a shout-out to the cast of Dear Evan Hansen, and they returned the favor with a sentimental tribute to him.

Dear Evan Hansen, which is considered to be the longest-running show to play at the Music Box Theatre in New York, will have its final Broadway performance on September 18th. Luckily, the Australian star was able to catch a performance during its run, and he told the cast on Instagram, “Sending big love and gratitude to the extraordinary cast of @dearevanhansen.” They decided to return the love by having the Broadway cast, including Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo playing Jared, post a photo of themselves wearing Evan’s signature cast with names of his past characters written on them.

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The X-Men star’s place in musicals did not stop on the Melbourne stage. He played Jean Valjean in the 2012 musical film Les Misérables, which featured Jackman doing impromptu singing alongside his costars. After performing his toe-tapping number at the 81st Academy Awards, film producer Laurence Mark approached Jackman to do a movie musical about showman P.T. Barnum, and The Greatest Showman was born. He brought out the spirit of a dreamer who wanted to wow audiences with his unique star attractions. 

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