Hugh Jackman plans Broadway return as Houdini

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FILE-  In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Hugh Jackman appears onstage at the curtain call for the opening night performance of "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway", in New York. Jackman has left a lot of broken hearts  and records on Broadway.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
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FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Hugh Jackman appears onstage at the curtain call for the opening night performance of "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway", in New York. Jackman has left a lot of broken hearts and records on Broadway. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Jackman liked his record-setting Broadway run so much this winter that he's handcuffing himself to a future musical about Harry Houdini.

Producers said Wednesday that Jackman, best known as the hairy Wolverine in "The X-Men" franchise, will star as the famed illusionist in "Houdini." It's scheduled to reach Broadway during the 2013-14 season.

Academy Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Aaron Sorkin of "West Wing" fame will write the story, and three-time Academy Award and four-time Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz of "Wicked" fame will write music and lyrics.

Jackman's one-man, 10-week Broadway concert show closed Sunday at the Broadhurst Theatre after having earned more than $2 million in its final week. It was the highest weekly gross recorded by the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst and 16 other Broadway theaters.

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