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Hugh Jackman Celebrates Birthday Raising Funds for MPTF

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10/14/2013 12:40 am
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Hugh Jackman Celebrates Birthday Raising Funds for MPTF

Clare Sidoti

Managing Editor

What did you do for your last birthday? I’m sure it wasn’t put on a benefit concert that raised $1.85 million dollars, but that’s just what Hugh Jackman did to celebrate his 45th birthday over the weekend. On Saturday night, Jackman took to the stage at the Dolby Theatre for a “One Night Only” concert that raised funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). While the MPTF host an annual evening that pays tribute to Broadway shows that have been adapted to the silver screen, 20th Century Fox’s Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos decided to offer up something a bit different this year… bringing Jackman’s hit one-man Broadway classics show to LA for a special one night benefit. And obviously the gamble paid off as Hollywood heavy-weights, such as Tom Cruise, MPTF topper Jeffrey Katenberg, Universal’s Donna Langley, Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were spotted at the event alongside audience members who had flown in from around the world (particularly from his home, Australia though that may have had more to do with birthday celebrations) to see The Boy From Oz. Along with a medley from the Peter Allen musical, Jackman wowed the crowd, backed by a 17-member orchestra, with numbers from Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Singing in the Rain and Carousel, among others. The show was slightly tweaked from his 2011 Broadway show though still filled with personal stories and anecdotes, supported by some film clips from his life from growing up in Australia to making it in Hollywood. The show ran for nearly three hours. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing routine, Jackman also ran a live auction, which helped boost the total revenue from the evening. However, the night could not end without mentioning Jackman’s special day and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, came out and led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday”. Said with his laidback Aussie sense of humour, Jackman commented after the show, “this is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday. I chose my favourite songs and told stories about my life.”
Photo courtesy of Deadline


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