Will Hugh Jackman Stop the World or Become a Pal Joey?

News   Will Hugh Jackman Stop the World or Become a Pal Joey?
As recently reported, singer-actor Hugh Jackman — who made a Broadway splash with and received a Tony Award for his performance in The Boy From Oz — is currently in negotiations to star in a revival of Pal Joey for Wicked producer Marc Platt.

The New York Post says Jackman has another offer on his plate, a revival of Stop the World — I Want to Get Off to be produced by the Shubert Organization. Leslie Bricusse, who composed the Stop the World score with Anthony Newley, has agreed to pen a few new tunes for the production should Jackman agree to the revival.

Platt, the Post previously reported, has lined up his award-winning Wicked director, Joe Mantello, to helm the Pal Joey revival, with choreography to be supplied by Swan Lake's Matthew Bourne. Richard Greenberg, the Tony-winning Take Me Out playwright, will adapt John O'Hara's original script.

The much-sought-after Jackman has made no official comment about either production.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s Pal Joey opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Christmas night 1940, playing 374 performances before closing Nov. 29, 1941. The original cast included Vivienne Segal and Gene Kelly. The Rodgers and Hart score boasts such tunes as "I Could Write a Book," "What Is a Man?," "Zip," "Pal Joey," "Happy Hunting Horn," "Chicago," "That Terrific Rainbow," "The Flower Garden of My Heart," "Den of Iniquity," "Plant You Now, Dig You Later," "Take Him" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." The most recent New York staging of Pal Joey was presented by City Center Encores! That weekend of concerts featured Peter Gallagher in the title role with Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone as Vera.

Stop the World — I Want to Get Off features a book and score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The original production opened at the Shubert Theatre Oct. 3, 1962, playing 555 performances before closing Feb. 1, 1964, at the Ambassador Theatre. Newley headed the cast of the musical, which features such songs as "I Want to Be Rich," "Typically English," "Once in a Lifetime" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Hugh Jackman received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the late Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. He received an Olivier Award nomination for his work in the London revival of Oklahoma! and an MO Award for his performance as Joe Gillis in the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard. Jackman's film credits include "The X-Men," "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Kate and Leopold" (Golden Globe nomination) and "Van Helsing."

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