After his recent withdrawal from the 2015-16 Broadway production Houdini, questions swirled about the reasons why Hugh Jackman pulled out. However, the answer seems clear as it is revealed that Jackman will be starring on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s play The River in early 2015.
Jackman’s last appearance on Broadway for his one man production entitled Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. Other stage credits for the actor include A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz, for which he won the 2004 Tony Award. He was also a part of the off-Broadway production Carousel. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Special Tony Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community. He was most recently seen in the film Prisoners alongside actor Jake Gyllenhall. Other successful screen projects for the star include The X-Men series and the Oscar nominated adaptation of Les Miserables.
The River tells the tale of a man who invites a woman to his cabin for a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims his love for her and things seem to be going well until another woman shows up. The show debuted at the Royal Court in 2012 and was directed by Ian Rickson. It starred Dominic West, Laura Donnelly, and Miranda Raison.
Rickson will resume as director of the project and Sonia Friedman and The Royal Court will produce. Information regarding further casting and additional members of the creative team will be released at a later date.