Houdini Musical, Starring Hugh Jackman, Sets New Broadway Target Season

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03 Dec 2013

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
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Houdini, the upcoming musical starring Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz, "Wolverine") as the legendary illusionist, is aiming for a 2015-16 Broadway arrival.

Tony winners Scott Sanders and David Rockwell are producing the musical about the life of the turn-of-the-century illusionist, which features a score by Tony Award nominee and three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, "Pocahontas").

Houdini had previously been announced for a Broadway arrival during the 2013-14 season. A representative for the production confirmed the new targeted 2015-16 Broadway arrival.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin had been attached as the book writer for Houdini, but departed the project in early 2013. His successor has not been named.

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.