Friday, February 1

Hugh Jackman's Houdini the Musical Delayed

As I mentioned last June Hugh Jackman is keen to star on Broadway in the new Harry Houdini Musical.  But the production is under threat since Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin has dropped out.

Jackman signed up to play the escapologist in the new show which was due to be written by Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network and A Few Good Men). But Sorkin has had to leave the project due to his commitments in writing film scripts and his new hit TV show The Newsroom.

In a statement he said: "I was really looking forward to returning to Broadway and working with such an incredible team. I am very disappointed my schedule won't allow that at this time."

The musical's producers Scott Sander and David Rockwell added: "Mr Sorkin's considerable talents are an asset to any project and we regret that he's unable to remain with Houdini. However, what Hugh and the creative team continue to create is one of the most exciting projects we've ever been a part of. Our projected arrival on Broadway and additional creative team announcement will be made at a future date."

I suspect that part of the deal with Jackman was that Sorkin was the writer, so this could now be shelved indefinitely.

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