In an era dominated by superheroes and other non-human factors, stars don’t mean much at the movies these days–if they did, would the likes of Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Robert De Niro be turning up in slenderly budgeted VOD obscurities. But they mean a lot on Broadway, where I saw, with my own eyes, Hugh Jackman auction off a sweat-stained T-shirt he had just worn in The River. The first–and only–bid was for $10,000, topping the previous night’s $7,500. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS soon made $500,000 off those shirts and whatever else Jackman, the entertainer’s entertainer, was giving away during the fall’s donations drive.
My wife, who hadn’t seen her favorite on Broadway since his Tony-winning turn in The Boy from Oz (2003), regretted that she didn’t have $10,100 to give away. Then again, she had no reason to complain, as Circle in the Square is an intimate space, and we were no more