Hugh Jackman hails Gerald Schoenfeld as the very, very best of Broadway

February 11th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): Hugh Jackman joined a team of stars including Jeremy Irons, Dame Helen Mirren and Whoopi Goldberg to pay tribute to Broadway legend Gerald Schoenfeld on February 9.

The actor hailed Schoenfeld as a representative of the very, very best of Broadway when he presented the event honouring the theatre legend, reports Contactmusic.

Schoenfeld, who died in November (08) aged 84, brought dozens of hit shows to New York, including A Chorus Line, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera as the chairman of the Shubert Organization, which owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres.

During the two-hour memorial, held at New York’’s Majestic Theatre, the X-Men star recalled how Schoenfeld would stand in the wings several nights a week while Jackman performed the lead in the musical The Boy from Oz in 2003.

Jackman then told the crowd that Schoenfeld particularly liked his play’’s final number Once Before I Go, which he sang for Schoenfeld one last time. (ANI)

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