The Next to Normal team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (who also wrote the new Broadway-bound musical If/Then) will team up with Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to adapt the recent film Magic Mike into a Broadway musical.
Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum will serve as producers on the musical. The popular 2012 movie, which co-starred Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, was inspired by Tatum’s experience as a male stripper.
Another of the show’s producers, Reid Carolin, previously spoke to USA Today about the Magic Mike musical, saying, “We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story, more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it’s the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show.”
It’s only just opened in movie theaters, but already there is talk of the new Steven Soderbergh film Magic Mike being turned into a Broadway show. In an interview with USA Today, Magic Mike‘s screenwriter and co-producer Reid Carlin said that there are already plans to transform the movie, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of exotic male dancers (based on star Channing Tatum’s real-life experiences as a male stripper), into a live show on Broadway.
“We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story,” explained Carlin, “more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story.”
Some theater wags are noting that Broadway has already had a male stripper musical — The Full Monty — and while that show had a respectable two-year run, it was overshadowed by that season’s mega-hit, The Producers, and ultimately failed to recoup its investment on Broadway.
But from Carlin’s explanation, it sounds possible that a Magic Mike Broadway show would focus more on the choreographed club acts than on a traditional plot. Furthermore, unlike The Full Monty, which was about regular Joes who didn’t do their strip act until the very end, Magic Mike is about actual beefcake dancers, which would undoubtedly bring in the bachelorette parties in droves.