What Not to Do When Auditioning for the “Magic Mike” Musical

Wanted: "elusive unicorns."

Got what it takes to ride that pony?

A musical version of Magic Mike is officially headed to the stage, and video auditions are now being accepted, Playbill reports.

Casting directors are looking for men ages 18–30 “in excellent physical shape,” duh, and applicants must submit a self-taped audition by March 17 via an unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link that includes:


“1. A brief pop/rock song not longer than one minute in length that shows off range (with piano accompaniment) 
2. A brief contemporary or hip-hop dance clip no longer than two minutes in length that shows off athleticism, technique, and any special skills (gymnastics, tumbling, etc).” 

Just remember that less isn’t always more: The audition notice also clearly specifies “No nudity.”

Performances of Magic Mike will begin this fall at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, recent home to the Broadway-bound Moulin Rouge! musical, with a Broadway bow expected to follow.

Channing Tatum, who played title role in the 2012 popcorn flick and its 2015 sequel, Magic Mike XXL, serves as a producer of the musical adaptation along with the original film’s director, Steven Soderbergh.

As previously reported, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning songwriting team behind Next to Normal, will compose the Magic Mike score. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) will write the book, Trip Cullman (Choir Boy) will direct, and Camille A. Brown (Once on This Island) will choreograph.

“When Channing Tatum and his co-stars first appeared on the screen, it was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, and we are looking for actors who can surprise and dazzle us in that same unprecedented way,” says Cullman in a statement. “We are especially open to men of any race, ethnicity, or creed—as long as they are that elusive unicorn who can act, dance, and sing brilliantly.”

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Instead of adapting the plots of the Magic Mike movies, the musical will “offer a backstory on Mike Lane, the college student-turned-stripper before earning his title moniker,” according to press release. “As he enters the world of male entertainment at an exclusive night club, he fights to juggle his relationships with his family and girlfriend alongside his newfound talents.”

“When we were shooting Magic Mike, I looked at myself in a thong and thought, ‘Well, Chan, say goodbye to your career,’” said Tatum in a previous statement. “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.”

Casting for the Boston and Broadway runs will be confirmed at a later date. Previous developmental presentations of the musical have featured Derek Klena, Benjamin Walker, Curt Hansen, Will Swenson, and Nick Adams.

Tatum’s own pre-Hollywood experience as a stripper inspired the film franchise, which featured the hunky talents of Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez.

Tatum co-conceived and co-directed another live stage version, Magic Mike Live, which is currently playing in Las Vegas and London.

Magic Mike: The Broadway Musical will premiere November 30 and run through January 5, 2020, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston.
 

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