Broadway composer Schwartz working on draft of musical Houdini
CHICAGO (AP) - Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says he's hard at work on a full draft of his next endeavour, the musical Houdini that has actor Hugh Jackman playing the legendary illusionist.
"I'm specifically writing for Hugh in terms of what I think will sound good in his voice and what sorts of things will really help him to do the things that he does," Schwartz said in a recent interview with The Associated Press during the Dramatist Guild of America's conference in Chicago. He is the group's president.
The Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winner - famous for Wicked, Godspell and Pippin - said a reading of the new full show is scheduled for December and he's been "writing away on it" with a collaborator.
So far, he said, they have a full first act of Houdini. "As soon as we finished it, of course, we immediately said, 'We have to rewrite this entire thing,"' Schwartz said. "But nevertheless we're moving on to try to get a complete draft of the show."