Hugh Jackman To Take Lead Role In 'Houdini' Musical

'I've been preparing for this role my whole life,' actor says.

By Jocelyn Vena

Hugh Jackman

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Hugh Jackman is ready to hit the Great White Way once again. The actor has been confirmed to take the stage as the lead in "Houdini" Deadline reports.

"I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I've been preparing for this role my whole life," Jackman said in a statement. "I am thrilled to be collaborating with this collection of artists who are all at the top of their game."

The play, written by "The Social Network" screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will open during the 2013/2014 season. Sorkin will work with composer Stephen Schwartz and director Jack O'Brien.

"Rather than being a biography, 'Houdini,' told in a contemporary tone, tells the story of an epic battle that took
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