Home Celebrity Hugh Jackman, Broadway Houdini: I Told Readers Three Years Ago

Wow. Big announcement today that Hugh Jackman will play Harry Houdini on Broadway in 2013/2014. However: I broke that story THREE YEARS ago. Yes, here is the link. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,457159,00.html#3 I feel like I’m in the waaaay back machine. Now it seems that Kurt Andersen has been replaced by Aaron Sorkin for the book, and Danny Elfman has been scuttled for Stephen Schwartz. That’s entertainment! Jackman, coming off a record shattering Broadway run, has been working on “Houdini” for over three years. He’s planning on doing Houdini’s famous tricks himself, so it’s taken some time to get it all right. When I broke the story, it got picked up, too: http://itricks.com/news/2008/11/hugh-jackman-is-the-singing-houdini-in-new-broadway-musical/ So three years have passed. Some shows take long to come to fruition, frankly.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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