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Sorkin Meets Magic Meets Jackman: ‘Houdini’ Sounds Like a Dream Come True

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Sorkin Meets Magic Meets Jackman: ‘Houdini’ Sounds Like a Dream Come True

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As the rest of the world started to their count down on the Mayan Calendar (as if we were all born-and-bred Mesoamericans from 7000 years ago), Hugh Jackman and Aaron Sorkin made it clear that they have some not-so-apocalyptic plans for 2013, such as teaming up for a brand new Broadway musical inspired by legendary magician Harry Houdini. The involvement of Jackman and Sorkin, both undeniably men of many talents who have their fingers in film, theatre, and television — Jackman won a Tony with his role as Peter Allen in the first Australian musical that made it to Broadway, The Boy from Oz, while David Fincher sensation The Social Network earned Sorkin a Best Writing Oscar in 2010 — is enough to give us the butterflies, there is even more to wait for: Stephen Schwartz, the man behind the musical scores of Broadway’s very own Wicked as well as your Disney-infected childhood favorites such as Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Bells of Notre Dame got stuck in our heads long before the Harry Potter Theme did) is to compose the anticipated musical’s tunes.We can shake off that guilt of over-simplifying — anyone who thought of The Prestige, another magic-themed, Jackman-starring production (yes, the one that always gets confused with Edward Norton-ed The Illusionist of the same year, 2006), actually had a point. Just like The Prestige, ‘Houdini’ also focuses on the subject of rivalry among magicians, if only by replacing a Victorian-attired Christian Bale with a trio called ‘Spiritualists’ —  the Fates-like women who have a claim to séance (the ability to communicate with dead).

Considered that 2013 also marks Jackman’s role as P.T Barnum in the The Greatest Showman on Earth, which tells the story of the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it looks like somebody’s got a lot of turn of the century magic to do.