To regard Hugh Jackman solely as his claw-wielding persona Wolverine is to be clueless about Hugh Jackman, the sextuple threat and subsequent onstage showstopper. For his part, Jackman prompted several standing ovations at the Dolby (live) Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, October 12. One Night Only, Jackman's solo Broadway musical revue, was tweaked and mounted especially for two intersecting occasions: a fundraiser for MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) and Jackman's 45th birthday.
In the past, Jackman scored accolades for his tuneful turns on TV (the 2009 Oscar telecast), theatre (The Boy from Oz, Oklahoma!), and in film (Les Miserables). However, as proven on Saturday, the depth of Jackman's talent runs even deeper than hitting money notes (of which, he has many).
During One Night Only, the LA Animation Examiner unearthed five somewhat unfamiliar facets of Hugh Jackman. In other words, Jackman exposed his magnificent tenor, plus
1) Art appreciation in the form of animation - One Night Only afforded select video highlights of Jackman's career. Amongst the cinematic treasures were several clips from Happy Feet and Flushed Away, two theatrical CGI Jackman vehicles.
2) Improv and standup comedy chops - Jackman is either the world's best conversationalist or its most impressive improviser (or both). His easy and hilarious exchange with publicist Alan Nierob's elderly father was unforgettable. Here, the seamless and simultaneous integration of the song Fever underscored Jackman's effortless showmanship.
3) Tap dance talent - Hoofer Hugh duly paid tap dancing tribute to Gene Kelly in a rousing Singin' in the Rain number.
4) Heart of humanitarian gold - For One Night Only, Jackman imported three Indigenous Australian musical artists: Olive Knight, Nathan Mundraby, and Paul Rider Brown. In addition, Jackman eloquently pitched Nomad Two Worlds, the artistically collaborative and socially responsible endeavor that supports marginalized cultures worldwide.
5) Impressive cattle rattle - With fast talking flair, Jackman presided over the post curtain auction. The charitable sell-off raked in approximately $1.85 million for MPTF health and social services.
Post script: spectator Cybill Shepherd's impromptu overture toward a mid-performance Jackman epitomized audience sentiment. Her audacious move screamed, "Hugh, please let your gifts rub off on me!" The crowd audibly seconded that.
The LA Animation Examiner thanks Derek Krull, MPTF Constituent Development Manager, for the opportunity to witness the Hugh Jackman phenomenon that was One Night Only.