“A Steady Rain”: It’s raining men, hallelujah!

“A Steady Rain” – the hit Broadway play starring hot-hottie-hots Daniel (James Bond) Craig and Hugh (Wolverine) Jackman – is raking in the cash… for its stars, investors and a well-known charity.

"A Steady Rain" photos by Ava Gacser

Entertainment Weekly estimates the dynamic duo will raise $1.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in six weeks. No other Broadway shows have raised as much cash as “A Steady Rain.”

When I was lucky enough to see the play on Nov. 12, two members of the audience (both women) donated $5,000 each for the pleasure (and I bet it was a pleasure!) of going backstage and meeting Hugh and Daniel, posing for photographs and – hold onto your hats – receiving the sleeveless undershirts (yes, wife beaters) each had worn during the show.

(Don’t ask me how the ladies decided who was getting whose shirt. I bet that was an interesting *discussion*!)

Woah. Wonder if the winning bidders got a glimpse of this?

While coughing up $5,000 for such a luxury seems a bit insane given the economic circumstances these days, it was apparently a bargain compared to another performance in which an audience member bid a whopping $15,000 for the very same privileges.

If you haven’t gotten around to seeing “A Steady Rain,” you’re not totally out of luck. Performances continue through Sunday.

Clearly, the big thrill is seeing Daniel and Hugh in the (ahem) flesh. It was also really cool seeing them acting like themselves (I assume, anyway), during the charity bidding. They were charming, witty and funny, and definitely seemed to have fun interacting with the audience. I found the play, although well-acted, a bit lacking. The story – of two police detectives and best friends – reminded me a bit of “Gone Baby Gone,” but I clearly think the latter is a better tale overall.

By the way, Hugh and Daniel made a point of thanking us for keeping our cell phones quiet throughout the performance.

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