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Hugh Jackman to receive honorary Tony Award

Apr 30, 2012 | 1:15pm EDT

Even though Jackman's most recent gig and one-man show, Back on Broadway, isn't eligible for a nomination in either the play or musical category, the X-Men star will still be the toast of the 66th annual ceremony as this year's recipient of the Special Tony Award.

The actor single-handedly raised more than $857,740 (£536,088) for Broadway Cares by auctioning off his undershirts after each gig and he also set the record for the highest weekly gross by the Shubert Organisation theatre company, with the show earning over $2 million (£1.25 million) in its final week.

Stage veteran Bernadette Peters will also be presented with a special accolade - the author and co-founder of animal adoption charity Broadway Barks will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which recognises individuals for their humanitarian work.

Nominations for the Tony Awards will be unveiled on Tuesday (01May12).

The prizegiving will take place in New York on 10 June (12) and will be hosted by funnyman Neil Patrick Harris.

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