Hugh Jackman singing Soliloquy from Carousel

by admin on 13 May 2010

Hugh Jackman singing Soliloquy Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic, Carousel in Concert 6/6/02 Carnegie Hall, NYC Billy I wonder what he’ll think of me I guess he’ll call me the “old man” I guess he’ll think I can lick Ev’ry other feller’s father Well, I can! I bet that he’ll turn out to be The spittin’ image of his dad But he’ll have more common sense Than his puddin-headed father ever had I’ll teach him to wrestle And dive through a wave When we go in the mornin’s for our swim His mother can teach him The way to behave But she won’t make a sissy out o’ him Not him! Not my boy! Not Bill! Bill… My boy Bill I will see that he is named after me, I will. My boy, Bill! He’ll be tall And tough as a tree, will Bill! Like a tree he’ll grow With his head held high And his feet planted firm on the ground And you won’t see nobody dare to try To boss or toss him around! No pot-bellied, baggy-eyed bully Will boss him around. I don’t give a hang what he does As long as he does what he likes! He can sit on his tail Or work on a rail With a hammer, hammering spikes! He can ferry a boat on a river Or peddle a pack on his back Or work up and down The streets of a town With a whip and a horse and a hack. He can haul a scow along a canal Run a cow around a corral Or maybe bark for a carousel Of course it takes talent to do that well. Aha-ha-ha-ha! He might be a champ of the heavyweights, Or a feller that sells you glue, Or President of the United States, That’d be all right, too His mother

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

seeWhitelight May 13, 2010 at 17:03

great!!!hes a great actor and a good singer!!!WOW

mmcharacter1 May 13, 2010 at 17:53

@nancypo1 He can hold the long notes all you have to do to find that out is watch other clips of him singing. i think the reason he didn’t is because they were trying to rush the song and they didn’t give him enough time to do it properly. (just my opinion)

mmcharacter1 May 13, 2010 at 18:32

considering that this is a concert version of the musical and they probably had only a limited time to do each song, they managed to cram a 9minute song into under 7minutes hugh did a great job considering all that.

ekirkie May 13, 2010 at 18:58

he is going to be a remake of carousel..

NickLM2008 May 13, 2010 at 19:23

Gee there are some real drips on here, a whole heap of armchair experts. Someone below said ” Hugh Jackman is not a singer, he does not have an operatic voice” Well blow me down with a feather. What a ridiculous statement. He can sing opera very well, let me assure you. And regardless, since when has an operatic tone been the determining factor in whether you are called a singer or not?

aburny May 13, 2010 at 19:56

i love warlow’s version but this is good to i guess

tamarexxe May 13, 2010 at 20:40

I was amazed at the power of his voice. I am in love with him all at once. He was great as Curly in Oklahoma and to compare his voice to Gordon MacRae is just unfair. NOBODY had a voice like M MacRae and never will, but that doesn’t mean that Hugh Jackman is not an incredible singer, because he has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard. Bravo Hugh Jackman you are amazing. And he actually danced the dream sequence in Oklahoma!

thesp467 May 13, 2010 at 21:40

for those f you that say he is over animated, he is acting in a theater that seats two-thousand everyone needs to see him… it’s not film!

HanBOHobbit May 13, 2010 at 22:38

I love Hugh’s version…
But I also am in love with Mandy Patinkin’s version too. :D

ThePiano1991 May 13, 2010 at 22:57

I agree this is very overly animated! Hugh’s portrayal in the song is great but the music is far to fast. The ending sounded like Tom and Jerry.

nancypo1 May 13, 2010 at 23:24

Too bad they didn’t have better mikes and amplification. A little to fast at the end, he probably just doesn’t have the strength to hold the LONGGGGGGGGGGGG notes. Or have the depth of Gordon MacRae…
Love Hughie though :) Great in Oklahoma on PBS…

fanyzuko2003 May 14, 2010 at 00:03

great job

ChrisStockslager May 14, 2010 at 00:11

I’d say Sinatra did the best version. Hey conveyed all the right moods without being too cartoony, which the other two tend to be at times.

chrishot10 May 14, 2010 at 00:46


Klenotka May 14, 2010 at 01:34

Hey :-D

Klenotka May 14, 2010 at 02:15

I misread that comment and because Bartley´s name was attached, I automatically presumed a bad comment. I apologize for that ;-) I need to read more carefully next time ;-)

chrishot10 May 14, 2010 at 02:19

Btw, Klenotka, this is martha s. from ozalots… ;-)

chrishot10 May 14, 2010 at 02:33

I didn’t get your comment on Brantley. Yes he’s stupid but I thought his comment on Hugh’s performance in Carousel was rather good. As for your above comment, I totally agree. Hugh will be nominated for an Oscar when and if he does Carousel. That’s for sure. He’s a formidable actor and a great singer. All this comments that McRae, Raitt are better blah blah are pointless. They lived 50 years ago, they learnt to sing with different techniques and they are not even close to Hugh’s acting talent.

Klenotka May 14, 2010 at 02:56

Anne Hathaway might be his opposite. He sent a script to her. He doesn´t have to be Gordon MacRae, he is Hugh Jackman. One of the best musical actors around. If we can have in musical people without any singing talent (Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in Mamma Mia) then I am really not worried about Hugh in Carousel. He is a better actor than McRae, and today is it more about acting than just a singing (that he can do as well)

chrishot10 May 14, 2010 at 03:39

As for this performance, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote for Jackman:

”Certain people, no matter what their size, seem to turn into giants when they set foot onstage. The Australian actor Hugh Jackman, as it happens, is a tall man. But that doesn’t account for his towering presence on Thursday night at Carnegie Hall.”

I totally agree with him.

chrishot10 May 14, 2010 at 04:25

He’s done it. In the acclaimed 1998 revival of Oklahoma on West End. And he earned an Olivier Award nomination. And is considered as one of the best ‘Curlys’ ever. He’s a great singer and by far a greater actor than those two you mentioned. There are many videos featuring Jackman as Curly in that production on youtube. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin, The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top, Pore Jud Is Daid, People Will Say We’re In Love. And he does everything but ‘failing miserably’ with them.

Danscottonair May 14, 2010 at 05:22

Well danettesills I was a snow child in a school production that ended last night and we were really really good (Nottingham, England) to be precise

InfinityNYC May 14, 2010 at 05:40

He out acts them in his sleep. I see what you’re saying about the singing though. However, this is the best I’ve ever heard Jackman sound. I think the poor recording actually helps that though.

onepiecebestanime May 14, 2010 at 05:46

Do you have any idea, how difficult it is to stay in caracter while singing? And after all I agree with you that Hugh has not the best voice out of the people you mentioned, BUT he would give a role his own interpretation (at least as far as he can, concerning the director) which ymakes you believe he’s really that caracter… there are many actors which aren’t nearly as convincing as him

phantomxr May 14, 2010 at 06:22

no im sorry but jackman is good very ,very good ,but doesnt come close to mc rae or howard keel,as a singer ,or as an actor,lets see him do the duet (People will say wer,e in love ) from Oaklahoma!! with any leading lady he fancies. and he will fail miserably.

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