This post should have gone up so long ago but I’ve just had a really busy summer so far and I don’t know where the time has gone. But, I really want to document this night, as it was truly amazing. Last year, Adam surprised me with tickets to see Hugh Jackman on his worldwide tour; ‘The Man, The Music, The Show‘. As you can imagine, I was shocked and cried so ridiculously much. The tickets were for Manchester Arena on the 24th May 2019. This was perfect timing, as I finished university the week before so it was a great way to celebrate.
We decided to book a hotel for the night, and make a little staycation out of it. I booked the Ibis Styles on Manchester Portland Street. We arrived at the hotel at around 2pm. Ibis Styles are so funky, with an umbrella ceiling, and the rooms also fitting with this theme. We then had a wander round the area; exploring the sights, before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the concert.
After dinner at Pizza Express (basically the only place we could get a table!), we headed for Manchester Arena. Once passing through security, we grabbed a drink and went to find our seats. We had seats in block 106, row e and seats 5 and size. So, faced straight onto the stage which was amazing.
At around 7.30pm, the lights dimmed and the musical intro for ‘The Greatest Show‘ began to play with video footage of Hugh Jackman played on the screens of the stage. Then he rose from below the stage, and the concert commenced. Other songs included ‘Soliloquy‘ from the musical Carousel, a compilation of ‘Luck Be a Lady / Singin’ in the Rain / I Got Rhythm / Steppin’ Out With My Baby / Sing Sing Sing‘, and ‘Gaston‘ from Beauty and the Beast, along with all your Greatest Showman favourite and many many others.
Kaera Steele was the supporting act for the evening. Dazzling in her beautiful dress singing ‘This is Me‘, the whole arena was up on their feet singing along. She was nothing less than incredible. Also, ‘A Million Dreams‘ was a performance that touched my heart that evening, as it was performed alongside a contemporary dancer who signed (as in sign language) the lyrics as she danced. It was a tearful performance and truly breathtaking. The MEN holds a whopping 44,000 people, so you can imagine the atmosphere as everyone was up on their feet and singing along, especially to ‘From Now On‘, which was the second to last song of the evening, and my favourite song from the Greatest Showman.
Hugh Jackman has a pure and natural showmanship about him, which not only made him perfect for the role of PT Barnum, but just amazing on stage. He knows his audience, and he knows how to captivate them, make them laugh and bring a tear to their eye. I was so sad when the concert had finished, it truly was a show to say the least.
As we left the arena, I couldn’t resist a piece of merchandise, and picked myself up one of the tour t-shirts. They were very expensive, but I love it, so that’s all the matters. It’s a lovely little way to remember such an amazing night and one which really was the greatest show.
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