Broadway: Hugh Jackman leads 'Houdini,' penned by Aaron Sorkin
Is there more Tony magic in Hugh Jackman’s future? Fresh off his ultra-successful one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, EW has confirmed that Jackman will return to Broadway in 2013’s Houdini. “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 of his decision to take the role.
Aaron Sorkin, whose The Farnsworth Invention bowed on Broadway in 2007, will pen the musical alongside six-time Tony-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). Rather than being 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. Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ) will direct, and Scott Sanders and David Rockwell will produce.