It's frankly been a frustrating experience reporting on the big Houdini Broadway musical. First announced in 2008, I sensed the beginning of the end when Aaron Sorkin left of the project in early 2013. Then last December star Hugh Jackman backed out. Still, producer Scott Sanders issued a statement saying, "We will continue to move forward with our remarkable creative team as they craft this ambitious new musical."
Now composer Stephen Schwartz has confirmed for Vulture.com that the musical is indeed on hold. Says Schwartz:
"It's on hold for now. I think he [Jackman] didn't really understand, to be perfectly honest, how much work a brand-new musical takes. Every show he's ever done, whether it's been a musical or a straight play, has been a show that somebody else has done … When he suddenly looked at the fact that he has this other career, it just became impractical for him, frankly."
So there we go. Let's forget about this one for now. Hopefully if I ever post about it again it will be something more positive. And while I suspect the book by Sorkin is the real problem (he was an odd choice for writer, IMO), I've no doubt that the music by Schwartz is magnificent.
Might it be possible to record and release a soundtrack of just the music?