• March 7, 2019
Hugh Jackman and co-star Keala Settle confirmed they would be reuniting once more on stage in September for the The Man. The Music. The Show. Photo: Emily Wilton
AUT choir Oceanian Voices began its performance last Wednesday with huge smiles, energetic and excited as they immersed themselves in the music of The Greatest Showman.
Choir members were then shocked to discover the showman himself was present and joining them in their rendition of A Million Dreams.
To top things off, Hollywood star Hugh Jackman also announced a Kiwi tour of his stage show The Man. The Music. The Show in September.
The announcement came after the Tony Award-winner joined AUT students at a press conference at the university’s Manukau campus last Wednesday.
The real shock was from students and lecturers alike who were baffled at his choice of venue for the press conference.
The Aussie native said he chose AUT’s Manukau campus as the venue for the press conference after he saw a viral video of the Oceanian Voices singing songs from The Greatest Showman.
“I chose to come here because I saw a three minute forty-two second video, which I’ve now watched probably ten times, and it just was like a bullet to my heart.”
The exclusive launch and performance saw many media outlets head for the AUT South campus, giving AUT an opportunity to promote the work being done in South Auckland by the university.
AUT's head of communications, Alison Skyora, thought the press conference and surprise guest speaker would help to show the difference being made for those who attend the university, with students rising to the challenge of getting an education.
“It provided a great local angle to the story of our tour – for AUT it has been a chance to highlight our South campus and the work being done by the university and our students.”
The Man. The Music. The Show takes the stage for two performances in Auckland at Spark Arena on September 6 and 7.