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Flashback Friday! A GIF History of Hugh Jackman's Best, Funniest & Most Swoon-Worthy Tony Awards Moments

Flashback Friday! A GIF History of Hugh Jackman's Best, Funniest & Most Swoon-Worthy Tony Awards Moments
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Tune in on June 8 to see what Hugh Jackman has in store this year!

If there’s one thing we know about the Tonys (and not to toot our own horn, but we know a fair amount) it’s this: When the ceremony includes Hugh Jackman, the evening is bound to be a success. And this year, we're in luck—the stage and screen hunk, who always looks great in black tie attire, is returning to Radio City Music Hall to host for the fourth time. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we took a look back at the song and dance man’s past Tony appearances, from flirting with Kristin Chenoweth, to his epic dance-off with Neil Patrick Harris, to accepting a couple trophies of his own. We can’t wait to see what Jackman has in store for us this year; tune in to CBS on June 8 to find out!


When he tried the “Jared Leto” look (2003)
We know it was your first year hosting, Hugh, but what was up with that hair? On that note, please shave before Sunday.


When Glinda made a move (2004)
It's that Aussie prince whose reputation is so scandalacious! For Jackman's second turn hosting, Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth opened the ceremony with a thrillifying introduction.


When he out-kicked the Rockettes (2004)
In the show's opening number, Jackman brought down the house with "One Night Only" from Dreamgirls, backed by the Hairspray Dynamites, the Little Shop urchins and the radio trio from Caroline, or Change. Oh, plus the Rockettes and basically everyone else on Broadway at the time. 


When he got to first base with Rod (2004)
Jackman and John Tartaglia were both nominated for Best Actor in a Musical in 2004 (for The Boy from Oz and Avenue Q, respectively), but it's pretty clear who Rod was rooting for. (Hint: Not John Tartaglia.)


When he gyrated with SJP (2004)
When Jackman (as The Boy from Oz's Peter Allen) pulled up Sarah Jessica Parker mid-performance, she was a bit camera shy at first, but soon enough she was swaying her hips. Come on—there's nothing wrong with a little Sex in the (Radio) City!


When he ran from the wings to win (2004)
We get it. When you're the host, there's no time to claim a seat in the house when your nomination category is announced. Besides, an entrance from downstage right is way more dramatic.


When Billy Crystal butted in (2005)
Veteran host Billy Crystal somehow missed the memo when Hugh Jackman hosted for the third time, and started the show with his own opening shtick. Even though Jackman rained on his parade and interrupted him, Crystal was still generous enough to offer him a few pointers (as if he needed them).


When he fought the urge to dance (2005)
With two X-Men movies under his belt and a third on the way, Jackman admitted that "dancing makes studio execs really nervous" and "Wolverine does not do high kicks." He then proceeded to launch into a ridiculous dance routine, including everything from "Do I Hear a Waltz?" to "Shake Your Booty."


This. (2011)
Aka: What dreams are made of. With NPH up for a Tony for Hedwig, it's very possible that the two will go head-to-head again, as they did in this mashup that included "Anything You Can Do," "A Boy Like That" and "You're the Top."


When he took his trophy for a spin (2012)
Jackman was honored with a Special Tony Award for his contributions to the Broadway community as a performer and humanitarian. Yes, even if you nabbed a trophy eight years prior, that shiny spinny medalion never gets old.

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