SOURCE: Motion Picture & Television Fund

Motion Picture & Television Fund

May 02, 2010 03:01 ET

Hollywood and Broadway Meet Center Stage at Star-Studded Benefit Hosted by Hugh Jackman

Stars of Stage and Screen Gather for Fifth Annual "A Fine Romance" to Support the Motion Picture & Television Fund

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2010) -  Hollywood and Broadway joined forces tonight for a sold-out performance featuring some of the biggest stars from stage and screen to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). Hugh Jackman hosted the evening, which marked the fifth anniversary of the annual event and raised just over one million dollars for MPTF.

"A Fine Romance" celebrated the longstanding relationship between Hollywood and the theatre, with performances from movies that became Broadway musicals and Broadway musicals that became movies.

The event was held on the 20th Century Fox lot, and was attended by more than 600 celebrities and entertainment industry figures. This year, Fox is commemorating the Studio's 75th anniversary and its rich legacy of filmed entertainment, which includes some of the cinema's most acclaimed musicals. The evening began with a cocktail reception, which was followed by live celebrity performances honoring musicals from stage and screen. 

The evening was produced by Laurence Mark ("Julie & Julia," "Dreamgirls") and Dan Jinks ("Milk," "American Beauty") and directed by Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Bedtime Stories"). John Mauceri (The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) returned as music director, and Ann and Jim Gianopulos were chairpersons for the event.

"This was an absolutely spectacular evening," said event chairman Jim Gianopulos. "Laurence and Dan produced a brilliant show, with Adam and John contributing their talents to create a night that will be remembered by everyone who attended. Ann and I are extremely grateful to all those who participated and supported this event and helped support the Motion Picture & Television Fund."

The show included Katie Holmes performing "Whatever Lola Wants"; Kelli O'Hara, "I Could Have Danced All Night"; Melina Kanakaredes, "Gimme Gimme"; Hugh Jackman and Brian Stokes Mitchell, ""You're Nothing Without Me"; Leslie Uggams, "If He Walked Into My Life"; Cheyenne Jackson, "Old Devil Moon"; Lea Salonga, "I Enjoy Being A Girl" and "On My Own"; Patti LuPone, "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses"; James Marsden, "Hairspray" medley; Aaron Tveit, "Goodbye"; Christine Ebersole, "42nd Street"; Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo, "I Remember It Well"; Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine."

Presenting sponsors of the evening were AARP and Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. The host hotel was the Intercontinental Los Angeles - Century City, with the venue provided by 20th Century Fox.

"MPTF's programs for older Americans -- from home safety services to transportation to lifelong learning programs -- complement AARP's mission to improve quality of life for everyone as they age," said Emilio Pardo, chief brand officer at AARP. "We are so pleased to support the organization and applaud its efforts, which are so important to so many people."

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"Panasonic is delighted to support the Motion Picture & Television Fund," said James Mercs, chief innovation officer, managing director, Panasonic Hollywood Labs. "Through our close relationship with the entertainment community, we have been inspired to develop products that have become a reality through the hard work and vision of the industry. We believe events such as 'A Fine Romance' are essential to remind us all that with commitment comes progress, and we are proud of our commitment to this most important cause."

Founded in 2002, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) is a video research lab located in Hollywood, the movie capital of the world. It builds on the more than 15 years that Panasonic has been conducting on-site research into technologies such as digital conversion for film-based movies, compressing DVD images, authoring, and digital cinema. In 2009, Panasonic announced Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory Advanced Authoring Center (PHL-AC). The Center is focused on 3D Full HD (3D FHD) Blu-ray format-establishment and development and will work directly with Hollywood studios providing 3D title development services for 3D FHD Blu-ray titles.

For nearly 90 years, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has served California's entertainment community. The non-profit organization provides healthcare, independent and assisted living, memory care, retirement care, childcare, financial support and charitable social services to more than 60,000 entertainment industry professionals every year. MPTF is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for senior citizens. For more information, visit

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