The Broadway-bound Magic Mike The Musical will begin teasing Boston audiences November 30, producers – including the film’s Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh – announced today. “I couldn’t be more excited about the next chapter in the Magic Mike story,” said Tatum, star of the 2012 film said in a statement. “So get ready, Boston.”
Previews of what’s being described as a musical prequel to the film will begin at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre on Saturday November 30, with the official opening set for Sunday, December 15. The Boston engagement will run through January 5, 2020.
Casting has not been announced for either Boston or Broadway, but the previously announced creative team is top notch: Trip Cullman (Lobby Hero, the current Choir Boy) will direct, with an original score by Next to Normal’s Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Riverdale). The musical will be choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island).
Tatum, speaking on behalf of fellow producers Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, said, “When we were shooting Magic Mike, I looked at myself in a thong and thought: ‘well Chan, say goodbye to your career!’ So the idea that seven years later a Pulitzer Prize-winning creative team would be making a full-fledged musical prequel is definitive proof that God loves strippers. I couldn’t be more excited about the next chapter in the Magic Mike story. So get ready, Boston. The road to Broadway begins on November 30!”
As described by the production team, the musical is set before both Magic Mike and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL and “tells the story of college-student-turned-male-entertainer Mike Lane. Struggling to make ends meet, Mike takes a job dancing at an exclusive night club… and winds up loving every minute of it. But as he scrambles to hide his alter ego from his dad and girlfriend, he finds himself needing to make some difficult choices. Can Mike follow his dreams without losing more than his clothes?”
“Magic Mike was made for the Broadway stage,” said director Cullman. “I can’t imagine a more creative and fun team of artists to collaborate with to make this show soar.”
Said Erica Lynn Schwartz, general manager of the Emerson Colonial Theatre for Ambassador Theatre Group, “We are elated to welcome Magic Mike into the Colonial’s legacy of great musicals born in Boston. We made a commitment to reviving the city’s pre-Broadway tradition in the new chapter of this historic building. There is such enthusiasm in our community for pre-Broadway works, and on the heels of the success of Moulin Rouge! last summer, we are thrilled to announce this next engagement.”
The new musical is one of a growing number of film-to-stage productions either on or heading to Broadway. Earlier this week Deadline broke the story about a Mystic Pizza musical – with songs composed by Melissa Etheridge – in development, and the current or recent Broadway seasons have seen stage hits made from To Kill A Mockingbird, Network, Pretty Woman, Mean Girls, Frozen, The Band’s Visit and King Kong. Heading to Broadway later this season are Beetlejuice, Tootsie and Moulin Rouge, while director Ivo van Hove’s non-musical All About Eve is in the wings on London’s West End.
Magic Mike The Musical is an entirely new production, unconnected in plot to the Magic Mike Live revue shows staged in Las Vegas (2017) and London (2018). The revue productions have sold more than $36.5 million in tickets.
Nina Essman and Marcia Goldberg are the Executive Producers of Magic Mike The Musical. The production’s General Manager is 321 Theatrical Management.