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Hugh Jackman’s Next Hot Ticket Gets Even Hotter in One of Broadway’s Smallest Theaters

Big demand, small theater: Hugh Jackman’s next Broadway gig, “The River,” has lined up its venue and dates, setting a November opening at the 776-seat Circle in the Square.

The size of the theater will add intimacy to the production while the limited ticket inventory stands poised to make the hot ticket even hotter. With premium prices likely to skyrocket, producer Sonia Friedman plans to offer a limited number of day-of seats for $35 each. Earlier this season Friedman turned heads with a ticket pricing initiative that sold a significant percentage of seats to the Tony-nominated revivals of “Twelfth Nigh” and “Richard III” for $25 a pop.

Jackman will star with Brit actresses Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo in “The River,” Jez Butterworth’s chiller set in a remote cabin on a moonless night. Ian Rickson, who directed Butterworth’s “Jerusalem” on Broadway, helms.

The actor, one of Broadway’s true box office powerhouses, will get a chance to tubthump for his upcoming stage appearance in June, when he’ll host the 2014 Tony Awards.

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