Sorkin hopes to bring Houdini's magic to Broadway musical

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012
Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

The creator of the West Wing is to turn his attention to the world of musical theatre.

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is planning to make a musical about the Jewish magician Harry Houdini.

The show is set to star Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and reach Broadway by next year.

According to the industry website Deadline, it will be "the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin".

Mr Sorkin, whose film Moneyball is up for some awards at the Golden Globes later this month, said the film would not be a straightforward look at the magician's life.

"Houdini, told in a contemporary tone, tells the story of 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 that they could communicate with the dead," he said.

The Hungarian-born escapologist, whose real name was Erich Weiss, died in 1926. He was famous for stunts which included escaping while handcuffed from an underwater box, but spent his final years challenging the claims of the spiritualists.

Last updated: 7:20pm, January 4 2012