“Magic Mike” Musical Cancels Premiere Amid Backstage Drama

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Put away your singles for now.

Producers of a Broadway-aimed musical version of Magic Mike have canceled its world premiere, Deadline reports.

Performances of Magic Mike were scheduled to begin November 30 and run through January 5, 2020, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. The producers “don’t feel the musical is ready for production,” according to a statement from the theater, which is refunding ticket sales.

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

Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) exited the show earlier this month due to “creative differences,” postponing a private workshop scheduled in New York. A production spokesperson confirmed that a new creative team would be announced soon.

Director Trip Cullman and choreographer Camille A. Brown, who recently collaborated on the Tony-nominated Choir Boy, remain attached to the project.

Instead of adapting the plots of the Magic Mike movies, the musical promised to “offer a backstory on Mike Lane, the college student-turned-stripper before earning his title moniker,” according to an original 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.”

It was announced in March that self-taped video auditions were being accepted and that casting directors were seeking “that elusive unicorn who can act, dance, and sing brilliantly.”

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Casting for the Boston run had not been confirmed prior to cancellation. Previous developmental presentations of the musical featured Derek Klena, Benjamin Walker, Curt Hansen, Will Swenson, and Nick Adams.

Tatum’s pre-Hollywood experience as a stripper inspired the film franchise, which also 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, in Las Vegas and London.
 

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