RNZ: Hugh Jackman surprises AUT students - then sings with them

Hugh Jackman surprises AUT choir members at campus

Recently Hugh Jackman paid a visit to AUT University’s South Campus, and announced the New Zealand dates for a global tour by singing live with AUT’s Oceanian Voices choir.

The visit from Hugh, plus actor and singer Keala Settle, was a complete surprise to the choir who have been rehearsing 'This is me' and 'A Million Dreams' – songs from the 2017 film, The Greatest Showman, which features both actors.

The choir members were only told shortly before going on stage that they were about to meet, and sing with, the Hollywood star.  The event at South Campus was also the New Zealand launch of the global arena tour – The Man, The Music, The Show.

The decision to announce the New Zealand dates at AUT’s South Campus was not accidental. In 2018 a video of Oceanian Voices’ performance of 'This is Me' went viral and caught the attention of today’s guests. These songs have been selected by the choir because the lyrics are particularly pertinent and powerful to the students.  Hugh told the audience: "I chose to be here because I saw a 3-minute 42-second video and it was like a bullet to my heart.”

The exclusive launch of the tour and live performance saw hundreds of media descend upon South Campus, giving AUT an important opportunity to talk about the work the University is doing in south Auckland where it is the only university.

You can watch the RNZ news item about the visit in the video and hear the Oceanian Voices choir.

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