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

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.

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