Houdini, a new musical starring Hugh Jackman as the iconic illusionist, is still on track for a 2014 Broadway opening despite Newsroom writer Aaron Sorkin’s departure from the production, according to an interview with Garrett Vogel of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. “We’ve got a final workshop at the end of this year,” Jackman told the Z100 radio personality. “So if all goes well next year, we’ll be bringing [Houdini] to Broadway.” After snagging an Oscar nod for his performance in the screen adaptation of Les Miserables and earning a Tony Award for The Boy From Oz, Jackman clearly has the magic touch when it comes to musicals, and we’re hoping Houdini is no exception!
Featuring a score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), the musical will have a new book by an as-yet unannounced author. No premiere dates, theater or further casting have been announced at this time.
In addition to The Boy From Oz, Jackman has appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and a hit solo show, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine, which is set to hit theaters July 26. Jackman will also play P.T. Barnum in the forthcoming 2014 movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.