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Hugh Jackman proves himself 'The Greatest Showman' in St. Paul

He did a little bit of everything at the Xcel.
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He can sing, he can dance, he can scratch your face off with adamantium claws.

Hugh Jackman proved he can do pretty much anything he sets his mind to with a rip-roaring performance at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday evening.

Landing in St. Paul before a packed crowd, the actor and musical star took to the stage promptly at 7 p.m. and launched into "The Greatest Show" and a flurry of other hits from his phenomenally successfully 2018 movie, "The Greatest Showman."

Among the highlights of the evening was Jackman helping an audience member propose to his girlfriend on stage, while another a doctor was pulled from the crowd to sing "Sweet Caroline," though he received a few jeers when he revealed it was from Wisconsin.

The 50-year-old paid a musical tribute to flamboyant Australian music legend Peter Allen with a series of his tunes, drummed to Van Halen, and tap-danced to AC/DC before challenging his close friend and "Deadpool" superhero Ryan Reynolds to do, well, everything he just did.

Reviewing the show, the Pioneer Press' Ross Raihala said Jackman brought "the sort of old-fashioned, high-glamour evening of Hollywood spectacle that was once common on stage and screen, but is rarely produced at this level today."

The fans at the Xcel lapped it too.

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