Nicole Kidman is very aware of the significance of Australians standing by other Australians.
The Academy Prize winner, who is 55 years old, brought the audience at the Winter Garden Theatre to its feet when she paid $100,000 for her friend Hugh Jackman’s hat from his starring run in Broadway’s revival of The Music Man over the weekend. The proceeds from the auction went to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
“I am at a loss for words in the face of Nicole Kidman’s boundless compassion. You ARE awesome. I am grateful to have your friendship and for your support.” Jackman, who is 54 years old, posted on Twitter in conjunction with a video of the hilarious scene that occurred during Saturday’s show.
In the video, Jackman and his co-star, Nicholas Ward can be seen dressed in character while running the auction onstage. They beg the audience to outbid the existing bid of $19,000, which can be seen in the footage.
When Nicole Kidman responds and cries out “a hundred thousand,” the crowd erupts into cheers, and Hugh Jackman’s jaw drops as the actress walks down the theater aisle to give him a hug while wearing a stylish oversized men’s black suit.
“Nic! I want to make it perfectly clear that the currency being discussed is not the Australian dollar “Jackman reached out to Kidman, who co-starred with him in the romance film Australia, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2008.
Kidman then made her way back to the platform, where she addressed the audience with a microphone, saying: “I adore you just as much as I adore Broadway. I really admire what Broadway Cares is trying to do. However, I also feel the need to mention how incredible the show was.”
After that, Jackman handed her the hat, which she put on briefly before returning to her previous location. “Nearly 30 years have passed since I first met Nic. I was able to collaborate with her. I can assure you that this should not come as a shock to you. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met in my life. You’re a wonderful, beautiful person. I love you, “the speaker was the actor.
Broadway Cares issued a statement in which they confirmed the amount of Kidman’s donation as follows: “Friends can be found all across Broadway, which is a blessing for Broadway Cares. But we don’t have a champion on our side who can compare to Hugh Jackman. This incredible present from his close friend Nicole Kidman is by far the highest donation that has ever been made for a single auction item. This Thanksgiving weekend, we have a lot to be thankful for and many things for which to express our gratitude.”
The event took place during the last week of Broadway Cares’ Red Bucket Fall Fundraising Campaign, which raised funds to “provide meals and medication, universal healthcare and hope for those residing with HIV/AIDS, starting to struggle with COVID-19 or facing other existence challenges this holiday season.” The moment took place during the final week of the campaign.