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Downpour doesn’t dampen ‘Madman’

Auds rush out to see star on stage

A downpour didn’t dampen BAM’s annual theater gala Thursday night with Geoffrey Rush’s star turn in “The Diary of a Madman” as its centerpiece.

“I wanted to get back to New York after ‘Exit the King’ two years ago on Broadway and this was a neat, perfect season,” said Rush.

The Brooklyn gala drew fellow Aussies Baz Lurhmann, Catherine Martin and Hugh Jackman, and included guests Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy. “I wanted to see what Geoffrey has been literally hiding under his hat for the last few months,” said Dancy, referring to the thesp’s famously shaved head.

Jackman’s “The Boy from Oz” director Philip William McKinley will take over reins of Broadway’s expensive, troubled “Spider-Man.”

“Size is not a problem for Bill. He will rise to the occasion,” Jackman predicted, adding that it is one show he has yet to see.

— Stephen Schaefer

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