Troubled ‘Magic Mike’ Musical Cancels Boston Tryout Engagement

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The stage musical adaptation of Channing Tatum’s stripper saga Magic Mike has cancelled what was to be a pre-Broadway Boston engagement.

The pull-out from Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre is little surprise. The production, which had been scheduled to run Nov. 30, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020, lost its big-name creative team last month. Composer Tom Kitt, lyricist Brian Yorkey and book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa left the show over “creative differences.” A private workshop initially set for New York was postponed, then cancelled altogether.

“The producers of Magic Mike The Musical have cancelled a Boston engagement, saying that they don’t feel the musical is ready for production,” reads a statement released today by the Emerson Colonial Theatre. The producers are Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. (Tatum was never expected to perform in the musical).

Though the theater’s statement did not address the possibility of a Broadway production, the press release did include a logo reading “Magic Mike The Broadway Musical.”

The musical was to have been directed by Trip Cullman and based on characters from the Tatum-starring 2012 movie. When the Boston engagement was announced in January, the musical was described as being set before both Magic Mike and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL, telling “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?”

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