There have been many rumors about Houdini for years now, but it looks like the musical is finally taking shape. In a statement released earlier today, more details about the production came out, including the intended release: Broadway’s 2013/2014 season. It was also announced that Hugh Jackman has officially signed onto the project.
As has been previously reported, the talent behind the musical on the late and great magician is extensive, with Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing) writing, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) composing, and Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia) directing. Set designer David Rockwell (Hairspray) is producing alongside Scott Sanders (The Color Purple).
Hugh released a statement on his involvement, while Aaron Sorkin provided a brief summary:
“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,” said Jackman. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with this collection of artists who are all at the top of their game.”[…]
“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,” said Sorkin.