Though it won’t happen until the 2013-2014 season, we are excited to announce Hugh Jackman will be returning to Broadway in the role of legendary magician Harry Houdini! Entertainment Weekly says the show won’t be “strictly biographical, the story will focus on a battle between the enigmatic 20th-century illusionist and three women who became famous after claiming they could communicate with the dead.”
Jackman, who just wrapped-up his one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway after ten weeks, is elated to be taking on this role.
“I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” Jackman said in a statement to EW’s Pop Watch.”
Writing the musical is Aaron Sorkin, Jack O’Brien, of Hairspray fame, will serve as director and six-time Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz will serve as composer.
With such talent behind it, I bet this production will score many Tony Awards in the future!