Hugh Jackman hailed Gerald Schoenfeld as a representative of "the very, very best of Broadway" at an all-star tribute to the late theatre legend on Monday (09Feb09).The actor was joined by a team of stars including Jeremy Irons, Dame Helen Mirren and Whoopi Goldberg as he presented the event honouring Schoenfeld, who died in November (08) aged 84.
Schoenfeld 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.
The star 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.