Wonh-wonh. This is some depressing news everybody. The Magic Mike musical which was planned to hit our ears and eyes and nether regions with the good stuff has been canceled in Boston.. Say it ain’t so! Someone start a petition! Screw Game Of Thrones. We need to save Magic Mike: The Musical!
The show was announced back at the beginning of the year. I had visions of it being like Chippendales but with a plot–which is a concept I fully support. Sadly for me and the hundreds or thousands of horny gays and women over 40 who wanted to see this, we will probably never get our day of enjoyment.
Deadline says its pre-Broadway Boston engagement isn’t happening and the whole situation sounds like it’s as messy as an actual strip club’s back room. It started last month when the composer, Tom Kitt, and the lyricist, Brian Yorkey, and the book writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa left the show citing “creative differences.” So when the person writing the narrative of the play, the person writing the music to the play, and the person writing the lyrics to the music to the play all quit over the creative aspect of the play, chances are it was shit. And, I mean, listen to their suggested plot summary:
“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?”
The show was supposed to run at the Emerson Colonial Theater from November 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Producers Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh have yet to comment on this, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the eventual 2020 Broadway plans are cancelled but like… if there’s no play… then… you can guess what will happen.
This is sad news for Channing since he also just had his Gambit movie get canceled at Disney as it dropped off their schedule. Listen, I’ll tell you how to save this musical: combine the two things Channing just had taken from him. An X-Men x Magic Mike crossover musical event! Action! Sex! Dancing! Shirtless superheroes! It has everything.
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