Reasons to Love Hugh Jackman: ‘Back on Broadway’ Raises Big Bucks for Charity
Hugh Jackman’s one-man show raised big money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Hoorah!
Hugh Jackman is hot. He’s a terrific actor and a wonderful song-and-dance man. He’s an adorable dad and a doting husband. But just in case you needed another reason to love him, now there’s this: His one-man Broadway musical extravaganza, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, has managed to raise a whopping $857,740 for charity—in just three weeks!
Each holiday season, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the theatre community’s response to the AIDS crisis, unites numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring companies to raise funds to provide critically-needed services for people living with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. This year, 53 theatre companies participated, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, raised a record-breaking $4,895,253 during the program’s six-week campaign.
But no one raised more money than good ol’ Hugh. In only three weeks of performances, he and his show managed to earn more than twice the amounts raised by two of the most popular shows currently on Broadway, The Book of Mormon ($315,9568) and Daniel Radcliffe’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ($325,935). A good deal of Hugh’s donations, by the way, came from auctions of undershirts he wore in Back on Broadway, which went for upwards of $10,000 each. Creepy? Dedicated? Both?
In any event, the money went to an excellent cause. BC/EFA has raised over $195 million since its founding in 1988. Three cheers for Hugh and for Broadway!
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway runs until January 1. Catch it while you still can!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.