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Hugh Jackman, the Jazz Singer

Hugh Jackman (pictured), star of the recent monster movie Van Helsing and the X-Men films, will soon enter a recording studio to sing a number of tunes for a forthcoming, jazz-based album, the World Entertainment News Network reported Monday.

The Australian actor has collaborated with adult-contemporary singer and onetime mullet-bearer Richard Marx for the project. “I love working with [Jackman],” Marx told WENN. “The only problem is that between his Broadway show schedule and my schedule, we’re just having a hard time finding time to get in the studio.”

Jackman just took home a Tony Award for his work playing Peter Allen in the Broadway production The Boy From Oz.

Marx also told WENN that he wants to spend a lot of time on Jackman’s vocals so that folks will realize “just how good a singer he really is.”

So far, Jackman’s song selections include the Jack Lawrence/Charles Trenet classic “Beyond the Sea,” Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and “That Old Black Magic.”

Marx told WENN that he expects the album to be out in spring 2005.

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