In recent interviews for "Wolverine," Jackman has revealed that the musical will receive a fall workshop, and if all goes well, Houdini could materialize as early as spring 2014.
A representative for the production could not confirm immediate Broadway plans, but stated that a fall 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, which will feature Tony Award winner Jackman ("Les Misérables," The Boy from Oz, A Steady Rain) in the title role. It has a score by Academy Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz ( Wicked, Pippin, "Pocahontas").
Tony-winning Hairspray and Coast of Utopia director Jack O'Brien will stage Houdini. Co-producer Rockwell ( Hairspray, The Normal Heart) will also render scenic design for the musical. Kurt Andersen, who has been developing the musical over the last several seasons, serves as a creative consultant.
As previously reported, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin (" A Few Good Men," "The Newsroom," The Farnsworth Invention), who was attached to pen the book for Houdini, departed the show last winter in order to focus on other projects - among them a new, unnamed musical.
Sorkin's representatives have been working with Houdini producers to work out how much of his contributions will be incorporated into the future life of the production.