Hugh Jackman is eyeing a return to Broadway, and reportedly has his sights on a “serious” play, according to the New York Post. The Tony winner is said to recently have taken part in a number of invitation-only readings, including Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, where he read the part of Astrov, Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, and Christopher Shinn’s Against.
Jackman was last seen on Broadway as the dark and mysterious “man” in Jez Butterworth’s The River in 2014. He’s since kept busy with a number of blockbuster films, including Pan, the final Wolverine film Logan, and The Greatest Showman, which he is currently filming in New York City. The musical film, which also stars Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams, chronicles the life of master showman PT Barnum, played by Jackman.
Last year, it was reported that producers of the new musical A Face in the Crowd were angling for Jackman to play the central role of Larry Rhodes, though no official announcement was made. The musical is penned by Grammy-winning songwriter Elvis Costello and playwright Sarah Ruhl.
While filming The Greatest Showman, Jackman has found the time to visit the occasional Broadway show, including Hello, Dolly!, and Groundhog Day. See Jackman backstage with Bette Midler: