Tony winner Hugh Jackman plans to perform a series of London concerts during his time off from filming the upcoming film adaptation of Les Miserables, according to the UK's The Daily Mail. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film will begin shooting in February. Jackman also hopes to bring the concert series to Broadway in October 2012.
"I wanted to create a show where I can't wait to do it," Jackman told the newspaper. "I loved that 'anything can happen,' relaxed feel about Sinatra—and viewing Peter Allen's tapes also taught me a lot. We're planning to do some Sunday night concerts when I'm in London in the spring. We're looking for the right space, and the idea is to do the shows when I've got time off from Les Miserables. I just want them to be fun. I feel like I should have a whisky in my hand, like Dean Martin, and then get Robbie Williams to come on and join me."
Jackman also revealed details about the Les Miserables film. While the stage version is completely sung through with no dialogue, Jackman notes, "That's not going to work on film, so there's now dialogue and songs. [Tom Hooper's] take on the film is very exciting."
Jackman previously performed a set of solo shows in San Francisco and Toronto earlier this year, which featured classic songs from musicals including Oklahoma!, Carousel and Dreamgirls. Should the concert series come to New York, the engagement would mark Jackman's first return to Broadway since his sell-out run in 2009's A Steady Rain. Jackman recently revealed the play may be adapted for the big screen with the help of Steven Spielberg.