The Gypsy Of The Year competition beat records this year, raising $4,895,253! The event was held yesterday and today, December 5th and 6th, and Hugh Jackman was there to help host. During his run on Broadway, Hugh was able to raise an incredible $857,740 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), making him the “winner” of the competition. In fact, Hugh’s percentage of the total money raised in just three weeks was so high – more than twice as much as the second largest total (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying‘s $325,935) – that “the judges took him out of the competition and gave him a Special Award for the effort” (PLAYBILL).
Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe were the other two hosts of the evening, helping Hugh hand out awards to the winners. The soon closing Billy Elliot earned the title of Best Onstage Presentation, while a highlight of the evening was a special performance by the original 1972 Broadway cast of Grease. Other musicals that raised an impressive amount for BC/EFA this year include Book of Mormon ($315,968), Wicked ($240,809), Spider-Man ($197,285), and Follies ($186,405). The top raising play was Other Desert Cities with $77,712. Congratulations to all!
Last night, December 5th, Hugh Jackman attended the 10th anniversary of Baby Buggy! It was a special occasion this year, with Jerry Seinfeld “& Friends” – including Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn – performing at Lincoln Center in NYC in an attempt to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. The Baby Buggy is a yearly event in which money is raised to provide families in need with clothing, educational tools, products, and more for children.
When asked by Lil Sugar what Hugh wanted for Christmas this year, he said the following:
“I really feel like I have everything I could ever want. I’m on Broadway, my family’s here, my parents are coming in from Australia. I would want more than one night off a week, so maybe that!”
As much as I still loved the previous layout, I thought it was time to give Hugh Jackman Fan a fresh new look. Ina was taking orders and, having adored her previous work, I just had to order a design using those beautiful new pictures of Hugh posing in front of the Broadhurst. The final result? Absolutely amazing! I love how sophisticated, glamorous, and classy the layout looks — and it should be easier to read as well. Thanks so much for giving HJF a gorgeous makeover, Ina!
Check out a new photo shoot that will be featured in Vogue‘s December 2011 (with Charlize Theron on the cover). As soon as I’m able, I will be including the entire feature article in the press archive along with the magazine scans. In the meantime, the new pictures are gorgeous, showing Hugh lined with fans undoubtedly waiting to see him grace the Broadway stage.
A short but sweet article is this month’s cover feature for IN New York Magazine. In it, Hugh talks about his early ambitions for Broadway and achieving happiness with his one-man show. Charity is also briefly touched upon, including Hugh’s nighty efforts to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by auctioning off items such as worn t-shirts. (Mentions of Hugh’s charitable stage door appearances can also be found.) Check out an excerpt below, or visit the source to read more while it’s still on the website. If it’s no longer there, just check out the press archive, as you can now find it in there, too.
He’s been called many things—tall, rugged, hazel-eyed, handsome, hunky, the Sexiest Man Alive. But 43-year-old Australian superstar Hugh Jackman likes it best when he’s home in New York City, being referred to simply as husband, father and Broadway star. That’s why the endlessly charismatic family man is happiest right now, as he’s singing, dancing and flashing his infectious smile across the footlights during the 10-week run of Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.
“I recently found a video on YouTube from my first visit to New York City in 1996,” says Jackman. “I’m in Times Square, pointing to the marquees of all these big musicals, like Cats and Rent, and saying, ‘Someday, my name will be up there.’ It’s a bit embarrassing to look at the video now, but it reminds me that this show is truly the one thing I’ve always wanted to do.”
Backed by an 18-piece orchestra and surrounded by beautiful showgirls, Jackman—who won Tony and Drama Desk awards for his portrayal of pop music icon Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz (2004)—is performing everything from Sinatra to Rodgers and Hammerstein, following sold-out engagements in San Francisco and Toronto. The show might not have happened at all, if not for problems plaguing the next sequel in the blockbuster X-Men film series, in which Jackman reprises his role as a mutant with retractable steel claws. “Last year, I went to see Sting in concert in Detroit,” he explains. “My film agent, who was sitting next to me, turned to me and said, ‘Hugh, it’s finally time for you to do your own show.’ The truth is, I was always being asked to sing at charity benefits, and I’d point out that I didn’t have a musical repertoire. When the shooting of my film The Wolverine got cancelled the first time, earlier this year, I decided to try a show for two weeks in San Francisco. It was a great experience, but I knew the show needed work. So, we recently did it again in Toronto, and I thought that might be it for a while. Then I got a call from someone in Broadway’s Shubert Organization offering me a theater in September. I said ‘yes,’ thinking he meant September 2012. Then the film was pushed back again, so here I am!”
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Hopefully there will be a stream of Hugh’s entire appearance on “The View” earlier today, November 22nd, but enjoy these clips courtesy of Playbill in the meantime. He talks about his one-man show a bit, including his biggest critics (hint: it hits close to home), and some strange experiences on Broadway stages. Hugh also talks about a real inspiring story that happened just the other night at one of his shows, where he invited a man named Bob up to perform a song. Pretty good stuff, and the ladies of “The View” have a ball with him all throughout.