Hugh Jackman Photograph by Brian Finke
Melissa Rose Bernardo
August 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”X-Men” fanatics, take a deep breath: Erstwhile mutant Hugh Jackman has traded his muttonchops for maracas, and he’s dusting off his dancing shoes to play singer-songwriter-showman Peter Allen on Broadway. ”Peter was galvanizing on stage, an icon in Australia,” says Jackman, currently rehearsing for an Oct. 16 opening. As this shot from the show’s buoyant ”I Go to Rio” number suggests, Allen was also famous for his outrageous antics: ”Hawaiian shirts, gold tap shoes, jumping on the piano, dancing with the Rockettes.” Wolverine in a kick line? Oh ”Boy”…

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