Hugh Jackman Passes Million Dollar Mark in Fundraising for Broadway Cares

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Not only did Hugh Jackman — who won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in The Boy from Oz and can currently be seen in his musical evening Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre — raise over $800,000 during the weeks leading up to the Gypsy of the Year competition, but the Australian native is continuing to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman Photo by Joan Marcus

A spokesperson for Broadway Cares confirmed that the Tony-winning actor plans to continue to raise funds for BC/EFA through Dec. 30. In fact, Jackman has already raised over $1 million.

Jackman's one-show record of $857,740 — the amount he had raised just prior to the 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year competition — helped push the total for that Dec. 5-6 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising event to a new overall record of $4,895,253.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, Jackman is joined on stage in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway by Robin Campbell, Kearran Giovanni, Anne Otto, Lara Seibert, Hilary Michael Thompson and Emily Tyra. Performances continue through Jan. 1, 2012.   

To read Playbill.com's recent interview with the Tony winner, click here.

The Broadway engagement, which features an 18-piece orchestra, follows limited runs in Toronto and San Francisco. In Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, the stage and screen star performs a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career.

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Jackman with Emily Tyra, Lara Seibert and Kearran Giovanni
photo by Joan Marcus

Audiences can expect to hear tunes by Marcel Eugene Ageron, Peter W. Allen, Richard Alleyne, Adrienne Anderson, Harold Arlen, Georges Abel Louis Auric, Burt Bacharach, G. Becand, Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant, Shawn C. Carter, Eddie J. Cooley, Christopher C. Cross, John Davenport, Mac Davis, John Albert Denicola, William Engvick, Sammy Fain, Dorothy Fields, Milt Gabler, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Oscar Hammerstein, Otto A. Harbach, Yip Harburg, Thaddis Laphonia Harrell, Jerry Herman, Herman Hupfeld, Elton John, The Jonas Brothers, Bert Kaempfert, Irving Kahal, Jerome Kern, Manny Kurtz, Albert Abraham Lasry, Jack Lawrence, Leiber & Stoller, John Lennon, Frank Loesser, Donald Jay Markowitz, Richard Marx, Paul McCartney, Jimmy McHugh, Albert Phillip McKay, Johnny Mercer, Freddy Mercury, Terius Youngdell Nash, Randy Newman, Dean Pitchford, Cole Porter, Franke Jon Previte, Tim Rice, Richard Rodgers, Carole Sager, Christopher A. Stewart, Billy Strange, Linda Thompson, Louis Trenet, Maurice White and Allee Willis.

The songs have been arranged and orchestrated by the talents of August Eriksmoen, Michael Gibson, Larry Hochman, Mark Hummel, Michael John La Chiusa, Jim Laev, Richard Mann, Richard Marx, JJ McGeehan, Danny Troob, Patrick Vaccariello, Don Walker and Harold Wheeler.

The creative team also includes Patrick Vaccariello (musical direction), John Lee Beatty (scenic designer), Ken Billington (lighting design), William Ivey Long (costume designer), John Shivers (sound design) and Alexander V. Nichols (projection and video design).

Jackman, who was seen on screen in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," earned a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. He is also known for his film roles in the "X-Men" trilogy, "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold," "Van Helsing," "The Fountain" and "Happy Feet" (in voice). His stage credits also include Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! at Britian's National Theatre and award-winning work in productions of Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in his homeland. He will also be seen in the upcoming film version of Les Miserables.

Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway is produced by Robert Fox and The Shubert Organization.

The production will play Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street.

Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. A limited number of student tickets are also available for each performance. For more information visit www.hughjackmanonbroadway.com. 

 

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