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Dates and Theater Announced for Hugh Jackman’s Return to Broadway

Get ready to see Hugh Jackman back on Broadway. The Tony-winner and X-Men headliner will be starring in The River, a new play by British author Jez Butterworth, beginning previews Oct. 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre in advance of a Nov. 16 opening. The who will run for a limited 13-week engagement through Jan. 25, 2015.


Hugh Jackman  (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway this fall in ‘The River’ (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Also starring in The River will be Laura Donnelly (Starz’s Outlander) and Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I in London’s West End). The play takes place in a remote cabin where a solitary fisherman (Jackman) had brought his latest girlfriend. Things get complicated when a second lady shows up. The play is Butterworth’s first since his critically acclaimed Jerusalem, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play when it appeared on Broadway in 2011. Mark Rylance won a Tony Award for his performance. The River had its 2012 world premiere in London at the Royal Court Theater starring Dominic West and directed by Ian Rickson, who also staged Jerusalem and will direct the Broadway edition of The River.

Jackman is currently preparing for his fourth turn as Tony host, taking over for Neil Patrick Harris who is busy performing Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 8, starting at 8pm.  Read more about the 2014 festivities on our Tonys page!

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