Hugh Jackman plans Broadway return as Houdini

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Hugh Jackman liked his record-setting Broadway run so much this winter that he's handcuffing himself to a future musical about Harry Houdini.

Producers said Wednesday that Jackman, best known as the hairy
Wolverine in "The X-Men" franchise, will star as the famed illusionist in "Houdini." It's scheduled to reach Broadway during the 2013-14 season.

Academy Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin of "West Wing" fame will write the story, and three-time Academy
Award and four-time Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz of "Wicked" fame will write music and lyrics.

Jackman's one-man, 10-week Broadway concert show closed Sunday
at the Broadhurst Theatre after having earned more than $2 million
in its final week. It was the highest weekly gross recorded by the
Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst and 16 other Broadway theaters.


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