Hugh Jackman's ONE NIGHT ONLY Benefit at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre Raises $1.85 Million for MPTF
Academy Award nominee and Tony and Golden Globe Award winner Hugh Jackman brought his critically acclaimed one-man show from Broadway to Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre for a performance benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund), last night - and raised $1.85 million in doing so, according to Deadline.
Jackman's catalogue of numbers for the three hour show included songs from LES MISERABLES, THE BOY FROM OZ, GUYS AND DOLLS, CAROUSEL and more.
The show marked Jackman's first time performing in Southern California - and his 45th birthday.
Hugh Jackman's involvement with MPTF, a 92-year-old charity that provides essential health care, wellness, social services, child care and retirement services to the entertainment community, began in 2007 when he first performed and co-hosted the organization's "A Fine Romance" - an event celebrating the love affair between Broadway and Hollywood.
"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," Jackman said in a statement in July. "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."
Jackman was most recently seen in Prisoners alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Other upcoming big screen projects include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Greatest Showman on Earth. He recently starred in The Wolverine and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Les Miserables.
Jackman has appeared on Broadway in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz -- for which he won the 2004 Tony Award -- as well as off-Broadway's Carousel. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community.
His new musical Houdini is headed to Broadway hopefully "within a year or 18 months", according to a report by the Daily Mail. ScreenDaily.com writes that Jackman will make a decision on Houdini "in about a month."
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