Good news, Hugh Jackman fans: The triple-threat Aussie is headed back to Broadway soon in a headlining role as Harry Houdini, producers revealed Wednesday. Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin will write the script for the play with a planned debut during the 2013-2014 Broadway season.
“[The play] tells the story of an epic battle that took place between the world’s greatest illusionist and a trio of women, known as ‘Spiritualists,'” Sorkin said of the upcoming production.
Jackman is just excited to get back on Broadway after the runaway smash success of his one-man production, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. The 10-week production earned more than $14.6 million in ticket sales, according to Reuters.
“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. I am thrilled to be collaborating with this collection of artists who are all at the top of their game,” the father of two said in a statement.
However, we think his real motivation is how good he looks while performing live.
“Take up musical theater. Then do a 2-2 1/2-hour one-man show. Trust me, it will go just like that,” Jackman told the Associated Press of the weight loss that comes from his performances. “I should do an infomercial.”
“When you dance, your body just wants to find its natural weight,” he added. “I’m naturally a lot more Tommy Tune than I am Wolverine.”
No worries, Hugh — we’d be there even if you weighed 400 lbs.
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