Hugh Jackman Returns to Broadway in ‘The River’

Tony winner Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway next season in The River by British playwright Jez Butterworth.

Hugh Jackman (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in ‘The River’ (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jackman, who recently withdrew from a long-awaited musical biography of Harry Houdini, will star as a solitary fisherman who brings his latest girlfriend to his remote cabin. Things get complicated when a second woman shows up. The production is expected to open in early 2015.

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.

Popular in films for his work as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, Jackman has also become one of the most successful stars on Broadway. In addition to winning a Tony for his performance as the late Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz, his concert Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater brought in $14.6 million in a ten-week run. When he co-starred with Daniel Craig in the two-character play A Steady Rain, it grossed $15.2 million in 13 weeks.