James L. Nederlander has announced that a new musical inspired by the music of Grammy-winning pop sensation Britney Spears will have its world premiere in Chicago this fall. Once Upon A One More Time will begin previews at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29, 2019, ahead of an official opening November 13, 2019. The limited-engagement will run through December 1, 2019, with a Broadway berth to follow.
“I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs – especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,” said Spears. “This is a dream come true for me!”
Once Upon A One More Time is written by John Hartmere, with direction by Tony-nominee Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages). The musical will feature choreography by MTV Music Award nominees Keone & Mari Madrid (Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, “World of Dance”). Further creative and casting details will be offered at a later date.
“Throughout her career, Britney has captivated fans across the globe with her singular brand of energy and resilience,” said James L. Nederlander. “For three years, we have been working closely with her to develop a concept that perfectly encapsulates her unique spirit, and are so thrilled to finally bring this joyous and electrifying show to the stage.”
“Once Upon A Time… Cinderella, Snow White, and the other fairytale princesses gather for their book club, when – oh, baby baby! – a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. Could there really be more to life than bird-made dresses and true love’s kiss? Set to the songs of Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop herself, Once Upon A One More Time is an uproarious, irreverent look at the towering challenges, charms, and choices involved in finding that most elusive of endings: Happily Ever After. “
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.