Hugh Jackman's Record-Breaking Broadway Run Ends
As the beefy Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman flexed his ability to open big box office totals while crushing evil mutants in his wake. That hardly sounds like the same man who would shatter even more records as the star of a Broadway musical show, but Jackman has done it, scoring 10 of the 11 top earning weeks at Manhattan's Broadhurst Theatre with his show, "Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway," according to the New York Daily News.
That impressive 10-week run ended on Sunday after raking in $2,057,354 in its final week, the highest weekly gross reported by the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst and many other Broadway theaters. That brings the Aussie's total to an astounding $14,638,428, out-selling previous Broadhurst titles such as the Al Pacino-led “The Merchant of Venice" and “Billy Elliot."
And that's not all. By donating signed memorabilia and meeting fans at his performances, Jackman raised a record $1,789,580 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Theatermania.
Flanked only by six back-up dancers and an 18-piece orchestra, Jackman performed over 20 musical theater hits during each of his performances, including "Soliloquy" (from Carousel), "The Music Man" and a medley of movie songs such as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Luck be a Lady."
Jackman became a Broadway giant when he starred in — and won a Tony Award for — “The Boy From Oz” in 2003. He also later co-starred with Daniel Craig in the 2009 play, “A Steady Rain."