Hugh Jackman sings and dances for his own birthday

2013-10-14 16:07
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Los Angeles - Hugh Jackman know how to put the 'I' in 'birthday'.

The actor spent his 45th birthday on Saturday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for One Night Only, a benefit concert that raised $1.85m for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

"This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday," he said after the show. "I chose my favourite songs and told stories about my life."

A whole sing-and-dance

Backed by a 17-member orchestra, Jackman performed a variation of his recent Broadway show, with personal stories, a few film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals — including a tap-dancing routine during Singin' in the Rain. He talked about his family, sang a tribute to his wife and shared music and images of his native Australia.

'In every way it was great'

"A lot of guys would say to their wife, 'Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?' That's how I am about the show," Jackman said. "I love it. If there's a song I don't like, I cut it and bring in a new song.

“Everything is something I want to do. So to be here tonight, supporting this cause — and it couldn't have been a more generous crowd if it tried — in every way it was great."

Donated to entertainment fund

Jackman said he donated his birthday performance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund because it offers "that unconditional helping hand you get in a family". The organisation provides health care and other services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.

Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were among the famous faces in the industry-heavy audience for the two-and-a-half-hour show, which ended with Jackman auctioning off an electric Fiat, a pair of Wolverine claws and two sweaty undershirts he wore during the night's performance. The shirts went for $11 000 each.

The birthday boy auctioning off some Wolverine merch:
A song and dance:

Hugh Jackman
(Photo: Getty Images/Charley Gallay)

Sharing a birthday kiss with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness:

Hugh Jackman and his wife
(Photo: Getty Images/Charley Gallay)

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