Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig to star on Broadway

Thu Jul 9, 2009 1:22pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hugh Jackman, best known as the superhero Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies, and Daniel Craig, the superspy in the "James Bond" films, will star together on Broadway in "A Steady Rain," a play about two Chicago policeman.

The pairing, announced by the play's publicists in a statement on Thursday, is the latest in a string of shows headlined by Hollywood celebrities to hit the Great White Way. The play begins preview performances on September 10.

Australian native Jackman, 40, will return to Broadway after his hit 2004 Tony Award-winning role in the musical "The Boy From Oz." Briton Craig, 41, has appeared in London stage productions and will make his Broadway debut.

Recent Oscar host Jackman is already beloved by New York's theater community and has hosted the Tony Awards several times. His "X-Men" films have been worldwide hits.

Besides his London stage performances, Craig's turn as the latest Bond in films like "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," won high praise and has been a box office hit.

They are the latest stars to hit the New York stage this year. Others have included Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon and Emmy Award winner James Gandolfini.

In 2006, Julia Roberts' "Three Days of Rain" raked in millions of dollars in just 12 weeks.

"A Steady Rain," by Chicago playwright Keith Huff, was first produced off-Broadway in 2006. It tells the story of two Chicago cops and their differing accounts of a few days that changed their lives.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Michelle Nichols and Bill Trott)

 
<p>Cast member Hugh Jackman poses at an industry screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California April 28, 2009. The movie opens in the U.S. on May 1. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>