PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, July 20-25: Killer Joe Finds A Time to Kill, Betrayal Shows Box-Office Potential and Hugh Jackman May Dazzle as Houdini

By Robert Simonson
26 Jul 2013

Hugh Jackman
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Producer Scott Rudin came up with a novel idea to head off this dilemma. He announced that the Ethel Barrymore Theatre box office will open July 29 for a limited time — six days, exactly — so that normal folks who don't like to pay those online and telephone ticket fees can purchase their seats.

The play's plot is backward; why shouldn't the box office set-up follow suit?

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Craig's A Steady Rain co-star Hugh Jackman may soon be back on the boards as well.



Jackman, who is busy now publicizing his "Wolverine" film, said that Houdini, the new Stephen Schwartz-scored musical that would star Jackman as the famous illusionist, could arrive on Broadway as soon as spring 2014.

Jackman revealed that the musical will receive a fall workshop. A representative for the production could not confirm immediate Broadway plans, but stated that the workshop will allow the creative team to determine the potential for a 2014 Broadway arrival.

Tony winners Scott Sanders and David Rockwell are producing the musical about the life of the turn-of-the-century illusionist.

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The Public Theater, which seems to dearly love its commercial transfers, may have another on its hands soon.

Here Lies Love, the new immersive musical (everybody dance!) about that lovable former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, concludes its Off-Broadway run July 28 but may be headed to a new stage.

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