“Magic Mike The Musical” World Premiere in Boston Prior to Broadway

Producers Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan announced today that Magic Mike The Musical will premiere at Boston’s newly refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre this fall prior to a Broadway engagement.

Preview performances will begin at the Emerson Colonial Theatre (106 Boylston Street) on Saturday November 30, 2019, with the official opening set for Sunday, December 15. The production will run in Boston through January 5, 2020.

Tickets for the Boston run will go on sale today, Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 PM EST at www.EmersonColonialTheatre.com, by calling 888-616-0272, and at the box office.

Magic Mike The Musical will be directed by Trip Cullman (Choir Boy) with an original score by Tony® Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Riverdale”), and choreography by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island).

Casting and additional creative team members for the Boston production and future Broadway plans will be announced at a later time.

Set before the hit movies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, this original stage production tells 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?

On behalf of his fellow producers, Channing Tatum said, “When we were shooting Magic Mike, I looked at myself in a thong and thought: ‘well Chan, say goodbye to your career!’  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.  So get ready, Boston. The road to Broadway begins on November 30!”

Director Trip Cullman said, “Magic Mike was made for the Broadway stage. I can’t imagine a more creative and fun team of artists to collaborate with to make this show soar.”

Nina Essman and Marcia Goldberg are the Executive Producers of Magic Mike The Musical. The production’s General Manager is 321 Theatrical Management.

“We are elated to welcome Magic Mike into the Colonial’s legacy of great musicals born in Boston,” says Erica Lynn Schwartz, general manager of the Emerson Colonial Theatre for Ambassador Theatre Group. “We made a commitment to reviving the city’s pre-Broadway tradition in the new chapter of this historic building. There is such enthusiasm in our community for pre-Broadway works, and on the heels of the success of Moulin Rouge! last summer, we are thrilled to announce this next engagement.”

The Magic Mike phenomenon began with the release of the movie, Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, which opened to critical and popular success in 2012. A second film, Magic Mike XXL, directed by Gregory Jacobs, was released in 2015; the two films combined made almost $300 million. Magic Mike Live launched in Las Vegas in 2017 and opened in London last year; combined they have sold $36.5 million in tickets. The total number of ticket sales in the Magic Mike universe is currently over $335 million. Magic Mike The Musical is an entirely new theatre production that tells the story leading up to the first Magic Mike movie.

Bios:

 Trip Cullman (Director). Broadway: Choir Boy, Lobby HeroSix Degrees of SeparationSignificant Other. Select off Broadway: Days of RageThe LayoverLonely I’m Not, The Substance of Fire, Some Men, Bachelorette, Swimming in the Shallows (Second Stage); Punk Rock (Obie Award), Yen, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC); Significant Other (Roundabout); I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic); Choir BoyMurder Ballad (MTC); A Small Fire (Drama Desk nom.), Assistance, The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons); The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing, The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick); Dog Sees God (Century Center); Roulette (EST); US Drag (stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: Geffen, Alliance, Old Globe, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Bay Street, Williamstown Theater Festival.

Tom Kitt (Music) is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose credits include: Next to Normal; If/Then; Superhero; High FidelityBring it On, The Musical; Disney’s Freaky Friday; Dave; and The Public Theater’s NYSF. As a Music Supervisor, Arranger, and Orchestrator, credits include: Rise (NBC) American Idiot; Grease. Live!; SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical; Jagged Little Pill; Head Over Heels; Everyday Rapture; and the Pitch Perfect films.

 Brian Yorkey (Librettist/Lyricist) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score for Next to Normal. The show was also nominated for Best Book and Best Musical, and won the Outer Critic’s award for Best Score. Brian is currently the Executive Producer and showrunner of the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why, which he created for television. Other credits include If/Then (Tony Award Nominee for Best Score), and The Last Ship (Outer Critic’s Nomination, with John Logan,Freaky Friday ( Disney Theatricals, Disney Channel Original Movie.)

 Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Book) is an award-winning playwright, comic book writer, and screenwriter. Broadway credits include the 2016 musical version of American Psycho based on the classic novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa was also part of the team brought in to overhaul Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. His many plays include Abigail/1702 (NYS&F), Good Boys and True (2econd Stage Theatre), and Based on a Totally True Story (MTC). Roberto is the Creator and Executive Producer of the television series Riverdale on the CW network and Chilling Adventures of Sabina on Netflix. Additional television credits include Big LoveLookingGlee, and Supergirl. For MGM Films, he wrote new versions of both Carrie and The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

Camille A. Brown (Choreographer) Broadway: Choir BoyOnce on This Island (Nominee: Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, & Chita Rivera Awards), A Streetcar Named Desire; Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (May 2019), This Ain’t Not Disco, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Lucille Lortel Award Nominee), Fortress of Solitude (Lucille Lortel Award Nominee). Regional: Oo-Bla-Dee (Two River Theatre, June 2019), Once (Pittsburgh CLO – July 2019),The Wiz (MUNY), ink at the Joyce Theatre (February 2019) and the Kennedy Center with her company Camille A Brown & Dancers, Bella: An American Tall Tale and Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center), Cabin in the Sky (Encores! City Center) and tick, tick…BOOM! (Encores! City Center) starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Television: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC), New Year’s Eve in Rockefeller Center (NBC).  Camille is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and a TED Fellowship.  She has also won the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and is a four-time winner of the Princess Grace Award.  www.camilleabrown.org

 Emerson Colonial Theatre. In its storied history, Emerson Colonial Theatre has debuted such seminal Broadway shows as Anything GoesPorgy and BessOklahoma!,Born YesterdayFolliesA Little Night MusicGrand Hotel and La Cage aux Folles, and most recently, the pre-Broadway world premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The building, which opened in 1900 with a production of Ben-Hur, is the oldest continuously operated theatre in Boston, as well as being amongst the most magnificent, having retained most of its original period details. A theatre for the community, Emerson Colonial Theatre is once again contributing to the rich cultural landscape of Boston with a new and varied program of Broadway shows, live music, comedy and events. The Colonial is an Ambassador Theatre Group venue. www.EmersonColonialTheatre.com.

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