Hugh Jackman tunes up Sean P Diddy

NEW YORK: As host of the 2004 Tony Awards, Hugh Jackman knows how to move a show along, whether on-camera or off. During a commercial break at Sunday evening’s ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall, he strolled onto the stage singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” which he previously performed as Curly in a revival of ‘Oklahoma!’ He invited the audience to join him in a sing-along, but not everyone knew the lyrics — including Sean “P Diddy” Combs, who was sitting in the front row. So Jackman invited the hip-hop impresario onstage to learn the song. “I’ll sing the first verse and you follow me,” Jackman said. After a tentative start, Combs warmed to the challenge and robustly followed Jackman’s lead. Then Jackman introduced his wife to the audience, brought her to the stage and walked her over to Combs, pointing to the large, sparkling bauble around her neck. “Sean,” he said, “now that is bling!” The 35-year-old actor also was a Tony winner Sunday night for the musical ‘The Boy from Oz’, in which he stars as singer-songwriter Peter Allen. — AP