Joan Rivers once wrote that she wanted her funeral to be ‘a huge showbiz affair’ — and she got her wish thanks to Hugh Jackman. Hugh performed the Broadway hit ‘Quiet, There’s A Lady On Stage’ at Joan’s memorial, according to a report.
Just like she wished for, Joan Rivers was mourned by family and friends in a glamorous and star-studded funeral on Sept. 7. During the emotional service at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Hugh Jackman, 45, gave a “scene-stealing” performance for the crowd.
Hugh Jackman At Joan Rivers’ Funeral: His Moving Musical Performance
Joan Rivers’ funeral was filled with music and laughter. The New York Gay Men’s Chorus kicked off the service with songs like “That’s Entertainment,” “Nothing Like A Dame,” “What A Wonderful World,” and “Big Spender,” and now we know that acclaimed movie and theater actor Hugh Jackman gave a “scene stealing” performance.
Hugh performed the song “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage” from the hit musical The Boy From Oz, according to E Online. Hugh won a Tony Award in 2004 for that Broadway role.
According to an eyewitness, Hugh’s performance had everyone in the crowd up and moving. “Hugh Jackman, at his shamelessly scene-stealing best, then sang, and danced—and had us up on our feet clapping—through Peter Allen’s ‘Quiet, There’s a Lady on Stage,'” according to Daily Beast writer Tim Teeman, who attended the funeral as a friend.
Hugh’s performance was just one of the musical moments of Joan’s service. As we previously reported, Broadway star Audra McDonald also sang, “Smile,” one of Joan’s favorite songs.
Joan Rivers: Inside Her ‘Red Carpet’ Funeral In New York City
Joan, who always found the funny in anything, once wrote that she wanted the following from her funeral. “I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”
And that’s what she got. Joan’s funeral was attended by Howard Stern (who spoke at the memorial), Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker and, of course, Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers. Read more celebs who attended right here.
The world has lost a comic genius. Our thoughts continue to be with Joan’s loved ones as they mourn this loss.
— Megan Ross