Now you see it, now you don’t. Tony winner Hugh Jackman previously said on the record that the long-awaited new musical Houdini would premiere on Broadway in 2014, “if all goes well.” Now, the musical has disappeared from next year’s lineup and is aiming to hit the Great White Way in the 2015-16 season, The New York Times reports. No official dates, theater or additional casting have yet been announced.
Featuring a book by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), Houdini initially featured a book by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, but the Newsroom creator dropped the project in January 2013. No new book writer has been announced. Born Erik Weisz in Budapest, iconic magician Harry Houdini was famous for his escapes, freeing himself from handcuffs, straightjackets, shackles, tanks and milk cans. Jackman already knows a thing or two about magic—he played a Houdini-esque illusionist in the 2006 film The Prestige.
Don’t worry, Jackman still has plenty of projects to keep him busy. He’ll play P.T. Barnum in the forthcoming 2014 movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, and he’s rumored to be playing Latin lover Aldolpho in the film adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone.