Hugh Jackman’s successful one-man show ended its 10-week Broadway run on Sunday, and in the process set some impressive Broadway box office records. Throughout the run at the Broadhurst Theatre, producers say “Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway” earned $14.6 million, giving the show 10 of the 11 highest grossing weeks in Broadhurst history. In fact, the final week of performances earned $2.1 million, giving the show the status as having the highest grossing week earned by the Shubert Organization, the company that owns the Broadhurst along with 16 other Broadway theaters. Throughout the run, the show raised $1.8 million for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.
“Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” featured Jackman along with an 18-piece orchestra and six dancers. Throughout the show, Jackman would sing about two dozen numbers each night. Before the show began back in October, Jackman posted a video on the show’s official website stating his excitement for the show and promising a different performance every night. Along with songs from classic musicals and movies like “Singing in the Rain” and “Luck Be a Lady,” Jackman performed a medley of songs from “The Boy From Oz,” which was Jackman’s Broadway debut that he starred in from 2003 to 2004. He was a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performances in the production as singer-songwriter Peter Allen.
In addition to “The Boy From Oz,” Jackman’s other Broadway experience comes from his performance in “A Steady Rain,” which co-starred Daniel Craig. Jackman is perhaps best known to most audiences for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movie series, but has starred in many films including The Fountain, Australia and Kate and Leopold, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Soon, he will begin work on the film adaptation of Les Misérables.