STAGE TUBE: Tony Winner Hugh Jackman Speaks at WAAPA to Raise Funds for New Charity
Today, Tony Award winner and this year's Tonys host Hugh Jackman spoke at a cabaret performance at WAAPA -- the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, where he graduated 20 years ago -- to raise money for his new performing arts charity The Jackman Furness Foundation. Watch Jackman's speech, which begins about 1 hour and 26 minutes into the stream, below!
The Jackman Furness Foundation for Performing Arts will support art education groups in Australia, including WAAPA, which provides training in theatre, music, and dance.
Best known to audiences worldwide for his portrayal of the Wolverine, Jackman most recently wrapped production on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," reprising his role as the conflicted Super Hero for the sixth time in that popular film franchise. In addition to an Oscar nomination, he won a Golden Globe Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his gripping performance as Jean Valjean in 2012's LES MISERABLES.
This past fall, Jackman led an all-star cast in the acclaimed dramatic thriller "Prisoners." Also an accomplished stage actor, he received a 2004 Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical THE BOY FROM OZ.
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