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Aretha Franklin to perform with Broadway star Hugh Jackman for the 59th Annual Tony Awards


As she prepares for the release of her newest album, A Woman In Love, soul legend Aretha Franklin is making a brief foray onto Broadway. At the 59th Annual Tony Awards ceremony on June 5, Franklin will perform a song with show host Hugh Jackman during a live broadcast from New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Tony's, given by the American Theatre Wing, annually honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The show airs on CBS June 5 at 8:00p.m. EST/PST.

Jackman, who received a 2004 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in "The Boy From Oz," has performed on the world's great stages, from Carnegie Hall to Britain's National Theatre. The Australian thespian is perhaps best known, though, for his turn as "Wolverine" in the popular "X-Men" films, as well as movies such as "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold" and "Van Helsing." He begins work on "X-Men 3" this year.

Franklin, who's latest album has been produced by her own label, Aretha Records, has a slate of appearances scheduled for the summer in support of A Woman In Love. Her dates will be interspersed with a number of rare and highly-anticipated gospel performances by the music industry icon. On June 3, 4 and 5 she will reign over the legendary stage at Madison Square Garden for McDonald's Gospelfest. She returns home to Detroit to lead a revival at her hometown's the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ from July 26 through July 30, and on August 4, Franklin joins some of the biggest names in gospel for Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest event in Atlanta.

The release of A Woman In Love and the launch of Aretha Records is the latest in a series of entrepreneurial ventures for Franklin, who opened her own booking agency, Crown Booking in 2004. Franklin's previous album, 2003's So Damn Happy, on Arista, received a royal reception from fans and critics, and her 2003 concert tour, "The Queen is On," sold out venues from coast to coast.

Aretha Franklin's luminous career has spanned more than four decades. She's received countless awards and honors for her contribution to American music, including a Kennedy Center Honor, 16 Grammy awards, a Grammy Legend award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, and five American Music Awards. In 1987, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 1979, Franklin received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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