But this is not the first time the great magician is fodder for escapist musical entertainment on stage.
In 1997, the
Timothy Gulan, played the magician. the cast also featured Lewis Cleale, Barbara Walsh and PJ Benjamin . William Scott Duffield composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics of the show, which centers on Houdini's relationships with his mother, wife and brother as he rises from a poor immigrant to one of the great celebrities of his era. James Racheff wrote the book to the show and co-wrote the lyrics. Gabriel Barre directed and choreographed. Peter Samuelson was magic consultant.
This is not Jackman's first go-round as a magician. he played on in the 2006 film by
Connecticut saw Houdini, who died in 1926 at age 52, in 1896 at the Opera House in
Most people's information about Houdini came from the 1953 film
Since then, Kenneth Silverman has tried to straighten the Holllywood misinformation with his biography, ``Houdini!!!'' (HarperCollins).
Houdini was also a supporting character in the musical ``Ragtime."