Will Hollywood's "Magic Mike" Strip on Broadway?
By Kenneth Jones
Magic Mike, the new Steven Soderbergh film about male strippers, opening June 29, might expose itself as a Broadway show, USA Today reported. Reid Carolin, the comedy's screenwriter, said a Broadway stage adaptation is in the works.
Carolin is also a producer on the film, and appears in it along with co-producer/star Channing Tatum, who plays a beefy male stripper. His exotic dancer pals are Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, among others.
The Warner Bros. film is inspired by events in Tatum's life.
"We are doing Broadway," Carolin told USA Today. "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."
(There was no reported mention of the possibility of men enjoying the tale of ripped torsos. It was not immediately clear if the property is being developed as a play with music, or as a full-on musical. No official announcement has been made about a Broadway adaptation.)
A Broadway musical adaptation has been discussed since production began on the picture, co-star Adam Rodriguez told the paper.
Broadway's most recent male-stripper musical, The Full Monty, by David Yazbek (music and lyrics) and Terrence McNally (book), played 770 performances on Broadway. It was inspired by the British film of the same name, though the musical moved the story's setting to economically depressed Buffalo, NY. The musical earned 10 Tony nominations (including Best Book and Best Score) in 2001; it spawned a tour and a cast album and remains a popular stock and amateur title.
Warner Bros. describes "Magic Mike" this way: "Set in the world of male strippers, the film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money."
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