Hugh Jackman is guest for Academy of Music Anniversary Concert

Who is the special guest for the Academy of Music's 156th birthday this January? Is it:

(a) A highly respected song and dance man? (b) The sexiest man alive, 2008? Or (c) a wolverine?


In a gesture of considerably greater Hollywood dash than previous years, Academy leaders are importing all three in a single guest: Hugh Jackman.

The 43-year-old Australian actor and singer will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra January 26th for the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert.

Jackman wasn't available for an interview, an orchestra spokeswoman said, and details of the program are not yet set.

However, she said: "We are told we can expect highlights from some of his award-winning performances, that he will dance, and that it will be an all-around theatrical performance, including some of his comedic wit. As always, we will leave much of this to be a surprise to the audience."

Conducting the program this year is new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Jackman is known as Wolverine in the X-Men film series and for roles in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing and The Prestige. He won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. He was People magazine's "sexiest man alive" in 2008, and is involved in several charitable organizations.

Tickets, which go on sale Nov. 1, range in price from $200 for the concert alone, to $325-$1,850 for the entire Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. Information: 215-893-1978,