Back in 2011, Hugh Jackman traded film cameras for spotlights and returned to the theater in the critically-acclaimed one man show "Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway." The 10-week run was a tremendous success, shattering box office records and earning a stunning $14 million. It was also a massive boon for charity — with Jackman after each show auctioning everything from sweaty T-shirts to meet-and-greets backstage. In total, more than $1.8 million was raised for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Producer Robert Fox told the AP at the time that Jackman's numbers “not only confirm him as one of the most bankable stars in Broadway’s history but also as a fundraiser.”
Jackman, whose latest film "The Wolverine" opens this weekend, has just announced that he will be bringing his Broadway show to Los Angeles this fall for a very special "One Night Only" performance. The event will take place at The Dolby Theatre, home to the Oscars, with all money raised benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.
“Through Jim Gianopulos I became aware of MPTF’s deep roots in Hollywood and their amazing work helping entertainment industry colleagues in need and the simple concept of taking care of our own,” said Jackman. “Films, television and theatre have brought me great success throughout my career, and it is one of my greatest pleasures to give back by putting on a show as a benefit to support MPTF.”
With the event taking place in Hollywood's backyard, Jackman will certainly have plenty of deep wallets to entertain. Based on his Broadway success, however, the outcome will likely be the same — with people throwing money at the star after the show. Don't forget — a sweaty T-shirt from one performance sold for more than $30,000. Stir in the fact that "One Night Only" will also take place on Jackman's 45th birthday, and a windfall for MPTF is likely in the cards.
And don't worry Broadway fans — as Jackman recently told Variety, his "Houdini" musical is still under development and waiting in the wings. An industry reading is planned for the fall, with potential to see the actor as the magician in late fall 2014.
Check out a montage of numbers from Jackman's "Back on Broadway" show below.
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