Magic Mike The Musical is aiming to heat up the musical stage and producers aren’t afraid to lose their shirts (so to speak). Producers Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan announced today that the new musical, inspired by the title character of the hit films Magic Mike (2012) and Magic Mike XXL (2015), will have an official premiere at Boston’s newly refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre this fall prior to a Broadway engagement.
On behalf of his fellow producers, Channing Tatum 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!”
Preview performances of Magic Mike The Musical will begin at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Saturday, November 30, 2019, with the official opening set for Sunday, December 15. The production will run in Boston through January 5, 2020. The show will feature a score by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Riverdale”) and choreography by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island). At the helm of the piece will be Trip Cullman (Choir Boy) who will direct.
Cullman shared his thoughts on the forthcoming project, “Magic Mike was made for the Broadway stage. I can’t imagine a more creative and fun team of artists to collaborate with to make this show soar.”
“Set before the hit movies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, this original stage production 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?”
Casting and creative team details for Magic Mike The Musical will be forthcoming as the show’s premiere gets closer.
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.