Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Nicole Kidman bids $100k Donation for Hugh Jackman 

Nicole Kidman donated $100,000 for a hat worn by Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” in a charity auction for the advocacy of Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS.

Jackman shared a video and a caption showing his gratitude to his friend on his Twitter account. The footage caught Kidman’s voice from behind the camera as she made a huge $100,000 bid for the hat of the character portrayed by Jackman. The actor posted that he was speechless and thanked the actress for the support. The audience applauded and gave her a standing ovation before she walked to the stage and hugged her co-star.

Before getting the hat, Kidman said that she loved Broadway and thought the performance was outstanding. While Kidman was still on stage, the X-Men actor also shared that they have known each other for almost 30 years. He also said he was not surprised by the actress’ gesture, as she’s one of the most generous people he knows. Broadway Cares confirmed the actress’ donation and called it the largest donation for any auctioned item ever. Kidman posted a photo of herself wearing the hat she purchased at the auction on her social media account, tagging actors Hugh Jackman and Jodie Foster, as well as the accounts of The Music Man and Broadway Cares.

Though the two actors have only appeared on one screen once, in a 2008 film called “Australia,” their friendship extends for decades. Kidman previously recalled that the actor and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, helped her career in Hollywood as they allowed her to sleep in their home when she moved to Los Angeles. She added that they are her best friends and contribute to her success as an actress. Aside from her career, the couple also helped her move on with her divorce from actor Tom Cruise.

The Broadway show with Jackman and Sutton Foster, who plays Marian Paroo, will end on January 15, 2023. However, in response to increased demand, the show’s producers, Barry Diller, David Geffen, and Horton, decided to run longer. The show’s preview began in 2021, and it officially opened in early 2022. The producers worked to make the tickets affordable to the masses, especially students. They also thanked Jackman and Sutton for agreeing to add additional performances. The viewers were happy after the show and will never forget it.