Aussie star eyes future project…
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hugh Jackman (‘Prisoners,’ ‘The Wolverine’) revealed he has his eye on a role in a big screen adaptation of Tony-nominated musical comedy ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’
Written in book form by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age and examines the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them.
The story centres on The Man in Chair, a middle-aged, mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness.” As he listens to his rare recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone,’ the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes.
Jackman, who won scored an Oscar nod for his role in ‘Les Misérables’ would play caddish Latin lover Aldolpho in the adaptation.
“I loved the original production on Broadway—incredibly funny and terrific, great fun,” said the Aussie star. “I was not sure how that would translate [to film], but the script at the moment is wonderful. I think they’re trying to put the movie together, I don’t think it’s fully together yet, but they are talking to me about it, and I’m very interested in it.”