It looks like Hugh Jackman won’t be making magic on Broadway any time soon.
The Tony-winner and Oscar nominee is no longer attached to star as the famed magician in the upcoming musical Houdini, written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and David Ives (Venus in Fur). Though no official production had been announced yet, Jackman confirmed his involvement in the show after years of speculation while Aaron Sorkin and Danny Elfman were still on board as the show’s creative team. Now, it seems Wolverine might be a little too busy to try and escape from a straight jacket upside down.
“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” the actor said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they’re well on their way to making something extraordinary.”
In addition to Schwartz and Ives, the creative team includes Tony-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray) and scenic designer David Rockwell (Kinky Boots), who is also producing the show alongside Scott Sanders, represented on Broadway this year with After Midnight. “Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of our journey.” Sanders said. “We will continue to move forward with our remarkable creative team as they craft this ambitious new musical.”
Jackman won a Tony Award for playing Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz in 2004 and was nominated for an Oscar last year for the musical Les Miserables.