By Richard Verrier
1:35 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
Actor Hugh Jackman brought his one-man stage show to Los Angeles' Dolby Theater on Saturday in a benefit and live auction that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
The "X-Men" star performed his critically acclaimed one-man song and dance show for a packed audience of 3,200 people, sharing stories about his life and performing numbers from shows including "Les Miserables," “Carousel,” “The Boy From Oz” and “Guys and Dolls.”
After a surprise 45th birthday celebration for Jackman, the audience participated in a live auction that raised $170,000 for the MPTF, a 92-year-old charity based in Woodland Hills that provides healthcare and social services for entertainment industry workers and their families.
Auction items included: a jacket worn and signed by Jackman during the filming of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” ($15,000); two shirts, literally, from Jackman’s back that night and signed ($11,000 each); two sets of Wolverine claws Jackman wore during filming ($9,000 each); and a Fiat 500e vehicle, individually personalized by Jackman ($50,000 purchase by former Warner Bros. executive Bob Daly).
Guests in the audience included Maria Bello, Darren Criss, Tom Cruise, Kristin Davis, Barry Diller, Baby Face, Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO and co-chair of the evening Jim Gionopulos, Terrence Howard, Dreamworks Animation CEO and MPTF Foundation Committee Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Kors, Universal Chairman Donna Langley, Steve Levitan, Richard Marx, Olivia Munn, Carole Bayer Sager, Cybill Shepard, Octavia Spencer and Diane von Furstenberg.
VIP guests were then treated to an after-party at the Annex. The evening raised $1.85 million for the MPTF in ticket sales and through the live auction, the fund said in a statement.
Jackman’s involvement with MPTF began in 2007 when he first performed and co-hosted the organization’s “A Fine Romance” – an event celebrating the love affair between Broadway and Hollywood.
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