The male strippers of "Magic Mike" are dancing their way onto a bigger stage: The hit movie, inspired by the early career of star Channing Tatum, is set to become a Broadway musical.
Announced by Deadline and confirmed by Tatum on Twitter, the show will be called "Magic Mike, The Musical," and has a bunch of talented folks working behind the scenes. Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Tony and Pulitzer winners for "Next to Normal," are writing the songs, and "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark" scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will pen the book. Tatum and "Magic Mike" director Steven Soderbergh will serve as producers.
Though Tatum is no doubt too busy to appear in the show himself, some of his movie co-stars could perhaps reprise their roles onstage. Matt Bomer has Broadway experience, and it seems unlikely that anyone could play the part of Dallas as well as Matthew McConaughey. (Though given McConaughey's suddenly white-hot career, we'll probably have to settle for a substitute.)
It appears that "Magic Mike" is the gift that keeps on giving for Soderbergh and Tatum. The pair are already at work on a sequel, and the Broadway deal ensures that a brand new audience will be exposed to the story (no pun intended). Here's hoping the stage version measures up to its source. (Okay, that pun was intended.)
[via Deadline, Twitter]