The 43-year-old actor, who began his career on stage before landing Hollywood roles in movies such as the “X-Men” series, will star in the musical expected to debut in the 2013-14 season that will be written by Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin.
Jackman said in a statement:
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 musical, which producers said is a contemporary look at the life and death of the Hungarian-born American musician and stunt performer, will be composed by “Wicked” musician Stephen Schwartz and directed by Jack O'Brien.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.