Hugh Jackman Will Star in The River on Broadway
What doesn’t he do? Despite the fact that Hugh Jackman is spending the next month preparing to host Broadway’s biggest night, The 2014 Tony Awards, it looks as though the star already has his next project set up for the fall not too long after the most celebrated night in New York Theatre. However, he won’t be headed far at all. Only a few blocks away from Radio City Music Hall and a few months later, Hugh Jackman will appear back on Broadway in a brand new play! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway this fall to star in The River!
The River is a play by Jez Butterworth which tells the story of a man and women alone in a remote cabin on a moonless night. The story follows the two as they spend time together and questions about when we find one another, are we looking for someone we once lost.
Sonia Friedman Productions proudly announced that Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman would return to Broadway in the U.S. debut of The River. The River premiered in London in 2012 at the London’s Royal Court Theatre. (Original Production Photos are above & to the right) Starring opposite Jackman are original London cast members, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo. The show is set to begin previews October 31st, 2014 and will officially open on November 16th on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production will play a limited engagement through January 25th, 2015 only. The production will be directed by Ian Rickson who helmed the London premiere of the play as well.
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor who is best known for his roles in films and on stage. He may be best known for his reoccurring role as Wolverine in the X-Men series. However, he has also appeared in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel, Les Misérables, and Prisoners. Jackman first appeared on Broadway in The Boy From Oz in 2003. His performance earned him a Tony Award. He has since appeared in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. He hosted The Tony Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He won an Emmy for his hosting duties in 2004 and is set to return as the host for the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8th at Radio City Music Hall.
Creative team members for The River will include Ultz as production designer, Charles Balfour as lighting designer and Ian Dickinson as sound designer. Stephen Warbeck will provide music.
As if I couldn’t be excited enough that Hugh Jackman is set to return as host of The 2014 Tony Awards, now he is returning to Broadway! And in a brand new play? This is definitely an exciting addition to the Fall 2014 season on Broadway. I have to admit, I’m also happy to see this production moving into the underused Circle In the Square Theatre which will fall empty when Lady Day with Audra moves out towards the end of Summer. I definitely plan not only on checking out this production to see what this new play is about but to also get the chance to see Hugh Jackman in a play as opposed to the usual musical theatre environment I’m use to seeing him in. It’s worth mentioning, while my research on The River turned up small, Guardian Theatre Critic Michael Billington gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and said the following in his review;
“This is not, in the end, as resonant and public a play as Jerusalem. But it adopts a similarly equivocal attitude to its hero, is endlessly mysterious and confirms that Butterworth possesses a singular talent. I only wish that more people could get in to see it.”
If you can’t wait for Hugh Jackman to be back on Broadway, you don’t have to! Tune in to the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8th at 8 PM on CBS as Jackman takes the reins as host of the most celebrated night on Broadway. Following the Tony hype, Luner on Theatre will be sure to bring you more coverage and news of Jackman and The River coming to Broadway this fall. No website at this point in time has been set up. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!