“Magic Mike” is hitting the stage, and Boston is its first stop.
The musical, a prequel to the washboard-ab-filled flicks “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL,” will spend five weeks at the Emerson Colonial Theatre before its Broadway run. Preview performances start on Nov. 30, while the official run takes place between Dec. 15 and Jan. 5, 2020.
“We are elated to welcome ‘Magic Mike’ into the Colonial’s legacy of great musicals born in Boston,” Erica Lynn Schwartz, general manager of the Emerson Colonial Theatre for Ambassador Theatre Group, said in a press release. “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.”
Channing Tatum, the film’s star, will produce the project alongside Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kiernan. Most members of the team had a large hand in the film versions, seeing as Soderbergh directed “Magic Mike,” Jacobs directed the sequel, Wechsler produced both, and Carolin served as the writer for each.
“Magic Mike the Musical” will tell the story of college-aged Mike Lane, who discovers his love of being a male entertainer after he starts dancing at a night club to pay the bills.
The cast has not yet been announced, but the project will feature direction by Trip Cullman, original score by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, book by by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and choreography by Camille A. Brown.
“When we were shooting ‘Magic Mike,’ I looked at myself in a thong and thought: ‘well, Chan, say goodbye to your career!'” Tatum said in a press release. “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.”