After smashing Broadway ticket sales records in “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway” this winter, Tony-winner Hugh Jackman has just announced his stage comeback– as famed magician/stunt performer/illusionist, Harry Houdini.
And as Catherine Zeta Jones sang in “Chicago,” he “simply cannot do it alone.” The “X-Men” actor is bringing controversial Emmy and Oscar-winning scribe, Aaron Sorkin, with him to write the stage version of Houdini’s life story that will premiere in the 2013/2014 Broadway season.
“Rather than being a biography, ‘Houdini’ — told in a contemporary tone –tells the story of an epic battle that took place between the world’s greatest illusionist and a trio of women known as ‘Spiritualists,’ who convinced millions of people, including the editors of Scientific American and The New York Times, that they could communicate with the dead,” Sorkin explained in a press release.
Added Jackman of his new role, “I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life.”
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