Tonys 2012: Hugh Jackman to Make Cameo at Awards

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Hugh Jackman (WME, Sloane Offer) will star in "Houdini," a Broadway musical penned by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicke"d). Jack O'Brien ("The Coast of Utopia") is set to direct.


The actor, who portrays Jean Valjean in the upcoming Broadway-to-big screen adaptation of "Les Miserables," will attend Sunday's ceremony in New York City.

Hugh Jackman will attend Sunday's Tony Awards to receive an award for his contributions to the Broadway community, THR confirms.

The triple-threat actor is heading to New York City's Beacon Theater, where the event will be broadcast live on CBS, from the London set of Les Miserables, in which he portrays Jean Valjean to Russell Crowe's Inspector Javert. (Last week, Universal Pictures released a stirring Anne Hathaway-centric trailer, and it promises all sorts of epic-ness and perhaps some Oscars, too. The film arrives Dec. 14, as awards season gathers steam.)

Jackman has hosted the Tonys three times, matching a similar record by Neil Patrick Harris, 2012's emcee.

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Jackman headlined the record-breaking hit Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway this season, appeared in the play A Steady Rain in 2009 opposite Daniel Craig and scored a Tony for best actor in a musical in 2004 for his role as entertainer Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. He is scheduled to return to Broadway during the 2013-14 season in the new musical Houdini, written by Aaron Sorkin with songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).

During his most recent run on the New York stage, Jackman was a one-man show, topping the annual Broadway Cares fundraising drive by auctioning off his undershirts after performances for as much as $10,000 each. In half the time of other participating productions, he raised $857,740.

At this year's Tonys, the crowd-pleaser Once -- based on the Ireland-set indie film of the same name -- picked up 11  nominations including the best musical prize.