‘New York Times’ Critic Has a Big Crush on Hugh Jackman

Super stud Hugh Jackman is known best for his action roles, particularly as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. But he’s also an accomplished stage actor; he first gained popularity outside of his native land down under when he starred in Oklahoma! in London. He’s no stranger to Broadway, having won a Tony for his portrayal of Australian singer Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. This week, Jackman made his return to the Great White Way in a one-man show, aptly titled Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, and apparently it’s a big, sexy hit.

The show opened last night, and the venerable New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley has wasted no time singing his praises of Jackman’s performance. But it sounds more like he’s recapping a great date rather than reviewing a night at the theater. If Brantley is correct in his critiques, then Jackman spends the evening wooing the ladies in the audience and giving all of the dudes boners–and it sounds like he puts out on the first date.

Brantley focuses on Jackman’s sexin’ skills, making reference to his hips at least twice (grinding and nearly bustin’ out of his trousers and what not). "You feel you could reach out and touch him, and you may well have occasion to as he works the aisles of the Broadhurst," he writes. Keep your hands to yourself, Benny! One imagines that the "passionate squeal" that comes from the audience when Jackman makes his reference could have been Brantley himself, squirming in his orchestra seat and breaking into a cool sweat as Jackman croons those Rogers and Hammerstein tunes.

Sing it with me now: Brantley and Jackman, sittin’ in a tree… "For that’s what this show is all about, finally: the erotically charged, two-way relationship between a star and his fans," Brantley says. "The Playbill for ‘Back on Broadway’ makes it clear that sex is what this production is selling." Translation: Hugh Jackman is sex on a stick, and his hips will charm your pants off.

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