Aaron Sorkin, Hugh Jackman, and Harry Houdini Walk Into a Broadway Bar…

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Harry Houdini, ladies and....ladies! (Getty Images)

Despite being currently tied to other projects, actor/Wolverine Hugh Jackman and Social Network scribe/cocaine-craver Aaron Sorkin have signed on to do a musical for Broadway’s 2013-14 season. Here’s the pitch: it’s about Harry Houdini, and, wait for it, it’s a musical! (Obviously it’s a musical, Hugh Jackman’s contract demands that he must be  singing and dancing for at least 90% of any stage appearance.)

But that’s not all.

The producers’ announcement described the musical as a “contemporary look at the life and death” of Houdini, and Mr. Sorkin made particular note that the show would not be a comprehensive biography. In a statement he said the musical would focus on “an epic battle that took place between the world’s greatest illusionist and a trio of women, known as ‘Spiritualists,’ who convinced millions of people, including the editors of Scientific American and The New York Times, that they could communicate with the dead.”

A musical that’s not a comprehensive biography of a famous figure? Well, we never!

The Houdini project, which has been long-stalled in the production stage, has a soundtrack by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, with  Kurt Andersen (last seen complaining about how nothing is new anymore in Vanity Fair) as a creative consultant. (Originally he and Danny Elfman were attached to write and compose the show.) Somehow, Mr. Sorkin has managed to write the book for the play while developing a show for HBO about Keith Olbermann a news anchor who is not Keith Olbermann.

We’d line up for tickets, but the show hasn’t even found a stage yet. That’s fine: to see the lines of women currently snaking around Mr. Jackson’s current musical review, the play could take place in Bubba Gump Shrimp and it would still sell out every night.

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