Houdini musical coming soon

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz  is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. During an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, Schwartz said he's hard at work on a full draft of his next work, the musical "Houdini" that has actor "Hugh Jackman" playing the legendary illusionist. "  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. During an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, Schwartz said he's hard at work on a full draft of his next work, the musical "Houdini" that has actor "Hugh Jackman" playing the legendary illusionist. " (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

The acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says he’s hard at work on a full draft of his next endeavor, the musical Houdini that has Hugh Jackman playing the legendary illusionist.

“I’m specifically writing for Hugh in terms of what I think will sound good in his voice and what sorts of things will really help him to do the things that he does,” Schwartz told Associated Press.

The Academy Award and Grammy Award-winner, famous for Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, said a reading of the new full show is scheduled for December and he’s been “writing away on it” with a collaborator. So far, he said, they have a full first act of Houdini.

“As soon as we finished it, of course, we immediately said, 'We have to rewrite this entire thing,'" Schwartz said. “But nevertheless we’re moving on to try to get a complete draft of the show.”

Houdini is scheduled to reach Broadway during the 2013-2014 season. Schwartz said he hopes the show will make an out-of-town debut in Chicago before it premieres on Broadway.

AP

Published: August 31, 2013 04:00 AM

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