Belfast Telegraph

Jackman plans his Broadway return

Hugh Jackman liked his record-setting Broadway run so much this winter that he's handcuffing himself to a future musical about Harry Houdini.

Producers said Hugh, best known as the hairy Wolverine in The X-Men franchise, will star as the famed illusionist in Houdini. It's scheduled to reach Broadway during the 2013-14 season.

Academy Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame will write the story, and three-time Academy Award and four-time Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz of Wicked fame will write music and lyrics.

Jackman's one-man, 10-week Broadway concert show closed on Sunday at the Broadhurst Theatre after having earned more than two million dollars in its final week. It was the highest weekly gross recorded by the Shubert Organisation, which owns the Broadhurst and 16 other Broadway theatres.

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