For those of you lucky enough to be within a reasonable distance to Broadway, it soon may be time to ditch the dismal television offerings and/or run from that Walmart of multiplexes where you usually catch a crappy movie. It seems more and more big name actors are treading the boards and what better way to see an actor than up close and personal (Nekkid Harry Potter!)?
Aaron Sorkin, who started off his career with musical theater, and Danny Elfman (who started his career with Oingo Boingo) are writing a Houdini musical for Hugh Jackman. Sounds interesting, right? (Coincidentally, while listening to NPR the other day I heard the curator of New York City’s Jewish Museum discussing the just opened Houdini exhibit, running through March 27, 2011.) So while Hugh Jackman has already played a magician on the big screen, he hasn’t yet starred as a singing Houdini - and really, you can’t get much better than that. Hell, I can’t even sing and I’d jump at that chance.
Meanwhile, stage virgin Kiefer Sutherland is headed to the revival of “That Championship Season” as the brother of his The Lost Boys co-star, Jason Patric. The Pulitzer Prize winning play follows four men celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their Catholic high school basketball team’s state win. The group reunites with their terminally ill coach to celebrate and reminisce, discovering that their lives haven’t turned out quite as grandly as they would have predicted. Joining Sutherland and Patric is Brian Cox, Chris Noth and Jim Gaffigan. Interestingly, “That Championship Season” is being produced by the same folks who put on A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman last year.
“Houdini” is shooting for an early 2012 opening, while “That Championship Season” should hit a theater in March 2011.