houdini

BROADWAYFAN4LIFE
Swing
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houdini
Posted: 5/29/13 at 07:58pm
Has any one heard what is going on with Houdini? Is it coming this 2013=2014 season or not?
Mike Barrett
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/13
houdini
Posted: 5/29/13 at 08:06pm
I was looking up shows coming to Broadway next year and this was on the list so yes it should be. And I think it stars Hugh Jackman!
BWay Fan
Swing
joined:9/11/12
houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 12:15am
Yes ..wait..wait..wait for it!
snarkmachine
Chorus Member
joined:4/13/13
houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 02:17am
when is hugh jackman going to find the time to do it is my question
Nerwen
Understudy
joined:3/8/13
houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 02:55am
Does anyone know about his schedule? Has he films planned for next year?
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
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houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 05:35am
I don't think we've heard anything since Sorkin dropped out. Offficially.


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Fan2
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houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 08:31am
So far all that's on his schedule for next year is publicity for "X-Men Days of Future Past" which he's filming now through August. Besides filming that, July will be promotion for "The Wolverine" (out July 26) and then in September promotion for "Prisoners" out Sept. 20 (rumor is that may go to the Toronto Film Festival). As of right now, no word on what he's doing after that.
Nerwen
Understudy
joined:3/8/13
houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 09:21am
Would that leave space for Houdini?

And it seems as if they still have no book writer, after Sorkin left. Is it that difficult to find a new writer or did they just not announced it?
behindthescenes2
Stand-by
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houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 05:34pm
Word is from some producers that were getting ready to back the show that Jackman has decided not to do it, and if they do bring it in, it won't be with him. Now, that was heard 2 weeks ago, things could change. I am sure his agents are turning down offers one after the other. I was looking forward to it.
mamaleh
Broadway Star
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houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 09:05pm
What is your source on this? If that is the case, I'm surprised Riedel hasn't reported on it.
behindthescenes2
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houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 09:19pm
He doesn't know everything...although he might think he does...there are some sources he doesn't have. As I said, I was told it could change but at that time, he had decided against it. The reason? I have no idea. I just am saying what I heard from a reliable source. I wanted him to do it, do anything on the stage and I would be happy to get a ticket.
jo
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joined:5/15/03
houdini
Posted: 5/30/13 at 10:22pm
Not too surprised with that development ( Hugh losing interest in the project after being attached to it for so long). There may be a number of attractive options for him at the moment( movies and theatre), given the current upsurge in interest in his career, and hanging on to a project that doesn't seem to be moving in terms of development does not make sense.

His new movie, PRISONERS ( trailer featured on BWW elsewhere), could be another direction that his film career may be moving to.

However, I hope there is another theatre show that awaits his return to Broadway soon!

Updated On: 5/30/13 at 10:22 PM
LimelightMike
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houdini
Posted: 5/31/13 at 12:26am
I still think Cerveris should do the damn show. I've championed this **** for YEARS. Back when Elfman was doing the score. I don't even know who's doing the music for this anymore... +++++
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Nerwen
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joined:3/8/13
houdini
Posted: 5/31/13 at 12:49am
That is indeed very sad. Back in February 2013 in an itnerview he still said he likes to do it and that he hopes for it to start in one year, means February 2014.

I saw now that James Racheff is the one writing the book. Is that a new development? Didnīt noticed his name on that side before.

I still hope Hugh will make it.

Updated On: 5/31/13 at 12:49 AM
Dessie
Understudy
joined:7/4/12
houdini
Posted: 5/31/13 at 07:07am
Agreed- with Big Fish, Rocky, and Honey Moon in Vegas already planned, that's a lot of male oriented/male perspective musicals - without Hugh jackman not sure there is a big audience for this
lemiz1862
Swing
joined:5/18/12
houdini
Posted: 5/31/13 at 09:22am
Sorry @behindthescenes2, but your info is incorrect. Jackman is still attached to the show. Schwartz is hoping to finish the score by the end of the year and a reading (with Jackman) is scheduled for December.

Updated On: 5/31/13 at 09:22 AM
Pammylicious
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joined:9/13/10
houdini
Posted: 5/31/13 at 06:32pm
Where will this reading be....omg i would love to be a fly on the wall!
BWay Fan
Swing
joined:9/11/12
houdini
Posted: 6/1/13 at 09:29pm
Heard there would be rumblings about what's going on w/ Houdini at the Tonys and it was still on for spring of 2014
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
houdini
Posted: 6/1/13 at 09:31pm
Jackman was miscast in this to begin with.
rosscoe(au)
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houdini
Posted: 6/1/13 at 09:42pm
Jackman has been offered the lead in CamMacs new Les Mis production to open next year in Melbourne
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Playbilly
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houdini
Posted: 6/1/13 at 10:06pm
I'm with you Kad. He was miscast in The Boy From Oz as well. Oh, he gave a good performance, but he was not Peter Allen. Bio-shows don't need a simple impersonation, but should have a lead which can resemble or evoke the person.

Houdini is as much a legendary figure to today's audience, so he could pull it off. But, can Hugh pull off playing a small, Jewish immigrant?

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Nerwen
Understudy
joined:3/8/13
houdini
Posted: 6/2/13 at 05:45am
"Jackman has been offered the lead in CamMacs new Les Mis production to open next year in Melbourn"

Would he prefer to take the lead in a musical which is already played like a million times to a compleate brand new musical (of Stephen Schwartz) on Broadway? I hope not.

"Houdini is as much a legendary figure to today's audience, so he could pull it off. But, can Hugh pull off playing a small, Jewish immigrant? "

If we leave out the "small" part, then yes.
Updated On: 6/2/13 at 05:45 AM
JarqueLemos
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houdini
Posted: 6/2/13 at 07:58am
Playbilly didn't Hugh win the Tony for the role, yes he did not sound like him at all but neither did Frank in Frost/Nixon and they both one tonys. Its not supposed to be cliche.
jo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
houdini
Posted: 6/2/13 at 08:48am
In film, which probably goes for more realism than the stage, Hugh Jackman has had a very successful career interpreting the role of Wolverine. The beloved comic book character is scruffy, bad-ass, and only 5'3" -- while Hugh is a foot taller. Yet, he is now on his 7th appearance as the superhero, 13 years after he first took on the role ...and the series is FOX's most successful franchise.

Re the Les Miserables offer - it is doubtful that he would be interested to depart from his definitive interpretation and realistic portrayal of the role ( acting and singing) in the movie musical adaptation, an effort that was the result of his artistic collaboration with film director Tom Hooper and the film's creative team. The cinematic concept was somewhat different from the intention of the creative team for the stage production.

In the meantime, the trailer for his movie release towards the end of the year, PRISONERS, has drawn much interest for its dramatic intensity, its stellar cast led by Jackman, and a strong creative team ( Villeneuve,Deakins, etc). Who knows - this may lead to new film scripts in this direction for Hugh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpXfcTF6iVk

Btw, Len Cariou ( of Sweeney Todd fame) plays a small but important featured role in the movie.





Updated On: 6/2/13 at 08:48 AM
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
houdini
Posted: 6/2/13 at 08:54am
Despite "realism," a film franchise about mutants offers more wiggle room than a work about an actual person.
jo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
houdini
Posted: 6/2/13 at 09:09am
I agree that there is a real Houdini with whom physical comparisons will be inevitable. But hasn't there been many other stage portrayals which have been successful despite the differences in actual persons and the actors who portrayed them? There was a real Maria Von Trapp but did she look like Julie Andrews or Mary Martin? Did the assasins in ASSASINS look like the actual characters they portrayed? How did Frank Valli look like - like John Lloyd Young? And it is very, very likely that Yul Brynner never looked like the real King of Siam who was the subject of the diary/memoir by Anna Leonowens.

Re superhero movies -- in the minds of fanboys, the portrayal of a much-followed pop culture figure is very important ( down to the actual physical characteristics of the superhero figure, maybe even to the costume worn ) -- Hugh's height and pretty boy looks have been initially criticized when the series ( the first serious stab at comic book themes) was first adapted for the movies. But he has thrived in the role despite the fanboys' objections - LOL! All I am saying is that Hugh has successfully overcome major differences in the perceived personas of the roles he has portrayed.





Updated On: 6/2/13 at 09:09 AM

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