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article imageDaniel Craig and Hugh Jackman to star in Broadway play

By Tricia Van der Grient     May 27, 2009 in Entertainment
James Bond and Wolverine are taking on Broadway this fall in a drama about two Chicago cops whose friendship is tested. This will be a first for Craig but familiar territory for Jackman.
Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman are teaming up to star in A Steady Rain, a new play set to run this fall on Broadway.
The play is a harrowing story about two Chicago cops whose friendship is tested when they take a routine domestic dispute in call in a poor neighborhood. The men's lifelong friendship is strained when one of them has to take the fall for a fatal mistake.
Craig will be making his New York stage debut following the successful James Bond movies “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” Craig started his acting career on the stage in London, playing small roles but has not returned since.
Jackman is no stranger to the Broadway scene. In 2004 he played the part of Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz” and earned a Tony Award for his role. He also took to the stage in the 2009 Academy Awards in a rousing and memorable musical number.
Jackman has had numerous box office successes, namely the “X-Men” series and his own spin-off film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” which opened this spring.
His Broadway experience will come in handy with this production. "The Boy From Oz" regularly grossed more than $1 million a week, making Jackman one of the most sought-after leading man in the theater.
Although the theme of "A Steady Rain" is dark and depressing, the New York Post reports "even those theatergoers whose tastes run to splashy musicals will want to see it."
"A Steady Rain" was written by Keith Huff and was developed at NY Stage and Film and The Barrow Group in New York. It played to critical acclaim during its sold-out 6-week run at Chicago Dramatists and received Jeff Awards for New Work and Best Production.
The New York Post reports Craig and Jackman might even be able to match Broadway's biggest box- office champ, Julia Roberts, who sold over $10 million worth of tickets in 12 weeks in the play "Three Days of Rain" in 2006.
Barbara Broccoli, who oversees the James Bond movie franchise, is producing "A Steady Rain" in New York. Looks like the next Bond movie can wait.
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