Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to Write Broadway-Aimed Magic Mike Musical

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19 Jul 2013

Channing Tatum in
Channing Tatum in "Magic Mike."

Producers behind the Broadway-aimed Magic Mike, based on the film about the lifestyle of male strippers that starred Channing Tatum, have enlisted Tony Award winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and Spider-Man's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to pen the project, according to Deadline.com. 

As previously reported, Steven Soderbergh and Tatum, director and star, respectively, of the movie "Magic Mike," will produce the musical adaptation of the film alongside Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs and Nick Wechsler. Theatre agent John Buzzetti of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is also attached to the project.

The musical was originally aiming for a Broadway bow in summer 2013.

Kitt and Yorkey, Tony winners for Next to Normal and composers of the upcoming Broadway musical If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, will score the musical with Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) writing the book. 

The Warner Bros. film was inspired by events in Tatum's life. The film includes choreographed striptease acts and exotic dancers dressed as police men—à la The Full Monty—as well as an opening number set to The Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men." The story follows a 19-year-old slacker (Alex Pettyfer), who meets Magic Mike (Tatum) and is introduced to the world of stripping, picking up girls and extreme partying.



Carolin was also a producer on the film, and appeared in it along with co-producer/star Tatum, a beefy male stripper who is the most important asset to Club Xquisite. His exotic dancer pals are Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, among others.

"We are doing Broadway," Carolin previously 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."

No official announcement has been made about a Broadway adaptation.

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. described "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."