We usually don’t cover Broadway news, but when you have Tony-winner Hugh Jackman and Oscar-and-Emmy-winner Aaron Sorkin teaming up for an original musical, it’s worth attention. Back in November 2010, we reported that Jackman was attached to the musical biopic Houdini and Sorkin was writing the book (the plot and dialogue of a musical). The production has now sent out a press release announcing that the show will premiere in 2013/2014. Jackman recently finished his two month run on Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, which played to sold-out audiences. He’s also about to begin filming on the movie musical adaptation of Les Miserables.
Hit the jump for more on the production and Sorkin’s approach to Harry Houdini‘s story.
In lieu of the midterm elections today, it’s only fitting that we bring you this bit of news regarding The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Hot off the success of The Social Network screenwriter/playwright Sorkin is now working on a Broadway musical based upon the life of Harry Houdini. The project has been in the works for a while, with composer Danny Elfman at the helm of the music. Back in 2008 Elfman told us that he was working on his 5th or 6th song at the time, but that it’s a long process. EW’s PopWatch reports that Hugh Jackman will star as the famed escape artist, with lyricist Glenn Slater (stage version of The Little Mermaid) and Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV) also attached to the project.
Elfman described the project back in 2008 as a bit manic, sad, and a little dark. He tells EW that Sorkin is “writing away, and we all have high hopes that Aaron’s going to come through and do some good stuff”. Sorkin himself is no stranger to the stage, as he graduated college with a degree in Musical Theater and went on to write a little play called A Few Good Men, as well as 2007’s The Farnsworth Invention. For more on the project, including when it’s expected to hit Broadway, hit the jump.