Hugh Jackman To Take Lead Role In ‘Houdini’ Musical

‘I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,’ actor says.
By Jocelyn Vena
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Photo: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images Hugh Jackman is ready to hit the Great White Way once again. The actor has been confirmed to take the stage as the lead in “Houdini” Deadline reports. “I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” Jackman said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with this collection of artists who are all at the top of their game.” The play, written by “The Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will open during the 2013/2014 season. Sorkin will work with composer Stephen Schwartz and director Jack O’Brien. “Rather than being a biography, ‘Houdini,’ told in a contemporary tone, 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,” Sorkin said. “The chance to collaborate with Stephen Schwartz, Jack O’Brien and Hugh Jackman on a new Broadway musical is a huge gift.” Before he takes the stage, Jackman has a number of other projects on his plate, including the big-screen adaptation of “Les Miserables,” the next installment of “Wolverine” and “Unbound Captives” with Robert Pattinson. Most recently, Jackman starred in the one-man show, “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway” and has also starred in “The Boy From Oz” and “A Steady Rain.” Will Hugh Jackman make magic in the role of Harry Houdini? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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