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A Magic Mike Musical Is Coming to Boston

The show may eventually end up Broadway, but it's going to the Emerson Colonial Theater first.


Channing Tatum

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Being a Broadway tryout city has its perks. Did you make it to Moulin Rouge last fall? If so, you might be excited to hear another new Broadway-bound show is coming here: a Magic Mike musical.

Yes, the Channing Tatum-starring movie has turned out to be a particularly valuable piece of intellectual property—as the New York Times points out, it’s spawned a sequel as well as a nightclub show. But there’s more narrative juice left here! While we’ve seen Mike at the height of his powers, and in his “one last round” era in the equally-as-charming Magic Mike XXX, the musical will apparently cover his early days, and tell the tale of how one young striver became the best damn stripper in the game.

For now, Tatum apparently will not be acting in it (we’ll hold out hope for the future), but he is involved as a producer, as is original Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. Per the Times, the show will feature a score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, who won both a Pulitzer and a Tony for Next to Normal, with direction by Trip Cullman, and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will hopefully not bring over too much inspiration from his previous work on American Psycho. Or maybe he will! I’m not here to interfere with the creative process, but I am here to say you’ll be able to see this thing at the Emerson Colonial Theater from November 30 to January 5.

Until then, you can try to brainstorm how the Ginuwine classic “Pony” will be incorporated into the show, and for those of you out there rolling your eyes, I will just gently point out that both movies are excellent and you are depriving yourself of joy in this world by turning up your nose at them.

Tatum, of course, shared the news himself in a fitting way.

Tickets are on sale now at magicmikebroadway.com.