Monday, June 11

Latest News on Hugh Jackman Houdini Musical

Updated 21st September: Hugh Jackman has now said he is definitely going to do a third workshop for a musical about Houdini and hopes to play the famed escapologist on Broadway within a year or 18 months.

 Updated 24th July:  While promoting Wolverine in a red carpet interview yesterday, Hugh Jackman told Elvis Duran and The Morning Show about the latest plans for his Broadway musical Houdini. "We got a final workshop at the end of this year. If all goes well, next year we'll bring it to Broadway."

Read more about VIDEO:Hugh Jackman  has been in the UK filming the musical Les Miserables playing Jean Valjean but was back in America at the Tony Awards last night where his wife presented him with a special award for his one-man sell out show Back on Broadway.

While being interviewed on the red carpet he mentioned that he will participate in a staged reading of the first act of the Broadway-bound musical Houdini.

Jackman said: “I'm very excited.  Aaron Sorkin is writing the book, Stephen Schwartz doing the music, Jack O'Brien directing with David Rockwell doing the scenic design. We have a very exciting group and we're about to do a first act read-through in about a week.”

As previously announced, Jackman will star in the title role of the musical that is scheduled for a Broadway during 2013-14 season.

Tony winners Scott Sanders and Rockwell produce the musical about the life of the turn-of-the-century illusionist, which will have a score by Academy Award-winning composer-lyricist Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Pocahontas) and book by Academy Award winner Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Newsroom, The Farnsworth Invention).

Sorkin has previously said: "Rather than being a biography, Houdini tells the story of an epic battle that took place between the world's greatest illusionist and a trio of women, known as Spiritualists, who convinced millions of people, including the editors of Scientific American and The New York Times that they could communicate with the dead."

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