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Jackman set to host Tonys before return to Broadway

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

NEW YORK — Hugh Jackman says he's jacked to host the Tony Awards for the third time, but fans of his stage work won't have to wait long to see the Tony-winning star onstage again.

“I'm going back to Broadway. I'm doing a play called ‘The River,' a Jez Butterworth play. So I'm really looking forward to treading the boards here on Broadway,” Jackman told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The very intimate play, the first since Butterworth's “Jerusalem,” is about a trout fisherman in a remote cabin who is visited by two of the women in his life. It was first seen in London in 2012.

But before that, it's the Tony Awards for Jackman on June 8.

“It's like the Olympics for an athlete or the Super Bowl for a football player. You want to do your best, and, of course, you only get one shot at it. But they're the things you look back at the end of the day and say, ‘I'm glad I had a go at that,' ” Jackson said of the annual awards ceremony that celebrates the best in theater.

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