Jackman planning return to stage

May 18, 2006 at 10:15 AM

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winner Hugh Jackman says he may return to the theater with a new version of "Pal Joey" or a stage adaptation of the film, "Leap of Faith."

Jackman won a Tony in 2004 for his performance in "The Boy From Oz."

In New York recently to promote his new movie, "X-Men: The Last Stand," Jackman told UPI he is looking at two musicals and a play for his next stage appearance.

"I'm doing a workshop of an original piece, based on the (1992 Steve Martin) movie 'Leap of Faith,' with Alan Menken writing it and Taylor Hackford directing it," he said. "It really fits into a musical, trust me. It's all about performances."

He said he is also considering a revival of the musical, "Pal Joey," with a new book, and a play he did not identify.

Although he can't wait to get back, Jackman said doing a Broadway show eight times a week is tougher than playing Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies.

"I probably would defy Lance Armstrong to say that what he did was tougher, physically," he said with a laugh. "I'm being facetious, of course, but I think that nothing will ever be as physically tough as that."

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