Hugh Jackman to return to Broadway as Houdini

FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Hugh Jackman appears onstage at the curtain call for the opening night performance of "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway", in New York. Jackman has left a lot of broken hearts and records on Broadway. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File) Charles Sykes

Hugh Jackman appears onstage at the curtain call for the opening night performance of "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway", in New York on Nov. 10, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) Hugh Jackman is planning to work his magic on Broadway once again.

The Tony-winner, whose recent one-man stage show broke box office records, is handcuffing himself to a future musical about Harry Houdini.

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Producers said Wednesday that Jackman will star as the famed illusionist in "Houdini," which is scheduled to reach Broadway during the 2013-14 season.

"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," Jackman said in a statement, obtained by the New York Times.

Academy Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "The Social Network") will write the story, and three-time Academy Award and four-time Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "Pippin," "Godspell") will write music and lyrics.

This won't be the first time Jackman has played a magician - he and Christian Bale played rival illusionists in the 2006 film "The Prestige."

"Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway" closed Sunday at the Broadhurst Theatre after having earned more than $2 million in its final week. It was the highest weekly gross recorded by the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst and 16 other Broadway theaters. The one-man show grossed $14.6 million over its 10-week run, the Times reports.

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