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Hugh Jackman Confirms Broadway Return in Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER Later This Year

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Hugh Jackman Confirms Broadway Return in  Jez Butterworth's THE RIVER Later This Year

Hugh Jackman withdrew from the 2015-16 Broadway run of HOUDINI due to scheduling issues, but it seems he has found another project more in line with his busy career. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the stage and screen star was rumored to return to Broadway in Jez Butterworth's play The River. Now he has confirmed in an interview with the New York Post that he will lead the play "later this year."

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THE RIVER debuted at the Royal Court in 2012, directed by Ian Rickson and starring Dominic West, Laura Donnelly and Miranda Raison.

The play follows a man who invites a woman to his cabin for a romantic weekend getaway. He says he loves her, they fish, and all seems well -- until another woman shows up. Rickson will return to direct the Broadway production. Sonia Friedman and The Royal Court will produce The River. Stay tuned for more casting news.

Jackman was most recently seen in the movie Prisoners, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Other upcoming big screen projects include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Greatest Showman on Earth. He recently starred in The Wolverine and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Les Miserables.

Jackman last appeared on Broadway in his one-man sensation Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. His other stage credits include A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz -- for which he won the 2004 Tony Award -- as well as off-Broadway's Carousel. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community. He will return as Tonys host for the 2014 ceremony on June 8.

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