December 8th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
If you’ve ever been to a Broadway production, you may recall the actors asking you to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the end of the show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this money-raising tactic is pretty successful, especially when Hugh Jackman is involved.
The actor’s show, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” has earned $857,740 in donations thanks to the loveable Aussie’s appeals to the audience. (And also from auctioning his used undershirts, which sold for upwards of $10,000 each.)
That's not far from $1 million, and that's just from three weeks worth of performances. Naturally, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” is out-earning the other 50-something productions participating in the annual “Gypsy of the Year” fundraising event.
Jackman, 43, was honored for his efforts at a ceremony in NYC on Tuesday. While accepting his award, the actor thanked his dresser, dancers, and stage management team for all their late nights counting money. He also joked, “You have no idea how much sex I’ve been having.”
The “Gypsy of the Year” fall fundraiser has brought in more than $49 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS since its inception in 1989. This year, popular productions like “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” “The Book of Mormon,” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” led the way in setting a new record: $4,895,253 was collected during the six-week drive.
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