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03 November 2010 @ 11:25 pm
Houdini Musical  
Though he probably won’t be cloning and killing himself every single night, Hugh Jackman could soon be portraying another type of risky entertainer. He’s set to star in a Broadway musical based on the life of Houdini written by Aaron Sorkin with music by Danny Elfman, lyrics by Glenn Slater and direction by Jack O’Brien.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Elfman explains the huge difference between writing a musical and a movie:
I’ve written music on and off for two years already. It’s such a different process [from my film scoring work]. For me, it’s taking forever. But other people say, ‘Oh, no, you’ve only been on that a couple of years, that’s nothing!’

The composer, best known for his frequent collaborations with director Tim Burton, met in New York last week with all the principals mentioned above (minus Jackman) and said the latest on the project is that Sorkin is still writing the script. They have a table read scheduled in January and, depending on how that goes, the musical could jump into production immediately or – more likely – see the spotlight sometime in 2012.
I’m just trying to go with it and learn. Hopefully [the show] will happen, but I know that there are so many things that need to still happen, and reasons why it may or may not. I just try to take an attitude of, ‘If it happens, great, and if it doesn’t, I’ll have learned what it’s like working on a Broadway musical.’

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rachelc_yo_yus on November 4th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I really don't like stage plays, but I would see this in a heartbeat. Obviously.