Ladies and Gentlemen, start saving your single dollar bills and prepare for the month-late Christmas gift none of us even knew we wanted. The movie about men who kinda dance naked and sexy, Magic Mike, is getting a third rinse and is being turned into a brand new musical set to premiere this November in Boston before heading to Broadway in 2020.
I guess two theatrical releases, and a live strip show, wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy those with a hunger for buff dudes gyrating and simulating sexy times on stage, because according to Playbill, fans of the movies can bring their horniness down to the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston to get moist with salivation when Magic Mike hits the stage this fall. But if you think this is just going to be an excuse to see some half naked men air thrust with their hips for two hours as Rico Suave by Gerardo plays in the background, guess again! This is going to be a serious production brought to you by some very serious folks.
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey—the Pulitzer-winning team of Next to Normal, If/Then, and Off-Broadway’s upcoming Superhero—will pen the score, with Riverdale scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the book. Trip Cullman (Broadway’s current Choir Boy) and Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island) will direct and choreograph, respectively.
That seems like a lot of people to produce a play about a bunch of dudes shaking their asses for tips, but I guess it takes a village ? Also, the cast is still being put together and the musical will not follow the plot of the movies or pick up where they left off.
The story will revolve around a college student named Mike Lane who decides dick slinging is the move when you’re a broke college student. The plot dives deep into how his newfound fame as a stripper alters his relationship with his girlfriend. I’m sorry, wasn’t that the plot of the original? I’m asking because I don’t remember the plot, just the men. And speaking of the original, Channing Tatum will serve as a producer for the stage version along with the film’s director Steven Soderbergh and a few other folks involved with both films. So how does Channing feel about this next step in the Magic Mike franchise? Two words: KA and CHING!
“When we were shooting Magic Mike, I looked at myself in a thong and thought, ‘Well, Chan, say goodbye to your career,’” said Tatum. “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.”
My prediction is that this play will be a huge success because now it gives the theater nerds who don’t go to movies the opportunity to become overwhelmed with the feels during a live show. But I’m not going unless they add some brothas to this production because I already fell asleep during the first two movies. I’m not paying 150 bucks for a damn nap on Broadway.
Pic: Warner Bros.