Jackman: Houdini on Broadway
Harry Houdinimagician, spy, object of fascinationis coming to Broadway.
Last night at 20th Century Foxs swellicious premiere of Australia at the Plaza Hotel, the talk was of the movies Hugh Jackman starring in the Broadway musical of Houdinis life.
Danny Elfman, once the leader of pop group Oingo Boingo and now often a composer of movie scores, is writing the music. Kurt Andersen, a former magazine editor and current radio host here in New York, is said to be working on the script although no ones seen anything yet.
The main thing is that Hugh is already working on magic routines. The show, when it materializes, would include Jackman replicating big Houdini tricks on stage. Hugh has already played a magician in the movie, The Prestige, so hes up for it. Magician extraordinaire Ricky Jay is said to be giving him advice. At some point the producers may reach out to David Blaine and to Cirque du Soleil for help.
Hugh is right on his game these days, what with Australia about to hit America like a tsunami. He also has his Wolverine movie, and most likely an X-Men 4.