Hugh Jackman will make his Southern California stage debut later this year with a benefit show in Los Angeles.
“Hugh Jackman… One Night Only” is a one-man show to be held October 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as a benefit for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).
“It is an honor to bring our show to Los Angeles,” Jackman said in a statement. “We have a very special evening planned for you that will raise money and awareness for MPTF, a cause very close to my heart.”
Jackman currently is promoting his most recent film, “The Wolverine,” which hits theaters on Friday. However, while speaking to the press about that role, Jackman has said that the upcoming “Houdini” musical — which he will star in — could appear on Broadway as early as spring 2014.
The musical is scored by Stephen Schwartz and is produced by Scott Sanders and David Rockwell. Representatives have not commented officially on Broadway plans for the musical. The story centers on the life of the famous illusionist, and Jackman will play the title role. Playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was originally on board to write the book for the musical, but reportedly left the project last winter to work on different projects. Jack O’Brien will direct the production, and Kurt Andersen will serve as creative consultant. Rockwell also will handle scenic design in addition to his co-producer role.
Before bringing his one-man show to New York as “Back to Broadway” in late 2011, Jackman performed the show in San Francisco and Toronto as “Hugh Jackman: In Concert.” There’s been no word yet on whether the L.A. show will be this show once again. Jackman set a record with “Back to Broadway” by raising $1.8 million for Broadway Cares to fight AIDS. The show earned a total of $14.6 million over a 10-week run.