Gotta problem with star casting? Talk to Hugh Jackman.
I’m one of the lucky folk that got a couple of tickets to see A Steady Rain, and to be honest, that’s only because I’m a Tony Voter. If I weren’t a TV, I’m not sure I would have even tried to score seats to what is one of the most difficult tickets of the decade.
(I mean, each one of these guys could have sold out a play on their own. Sort of seems like a waste having them in the same play!)
At the end of this 90 minute Hunk-O-Mania, Hugh stopped the thunderous ovation to begin his BC/EFA fundraising speech.
He started it with this question . . .
“How many of you are here tonight seeing your very first Broadway show?”
At least 100 hands shot up.
Star casting has taken a lot of swipes over the years, and believe me, I’ve had my issue with a number of no-talents that have struggled their way through a Broadway play or musical.
But the right stars could be doing more to develop new audiences than we could ever do on our own.
What happened after Hugh’s question? He and Daniel proceeded to live-auction-off signed t-shirts and backstage visits and photos, all to benefit BC/EFA. They raised over $20k in about 10 minutes.
Thanks for joining us on Broadway, guys. And thanks for your incredible generosity to the community.
Today’s audiences are lucky to have you . . . and so are tomorrow’s.