‘Magic Mike’ Broadway Musical: Will There Be Lap Dances?

on February 05 2013 10:50 AM
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The high cost of Broadway tickets probably won't discourage "Magic Mike" fans from heading to the theater. Warner Bros.

If you’ve ever been to a Broadway show and thought, “There aren’t enough naked men in this performance,” the tide is about turn in your favor.

“Magic Mike,” the dramedy about a male strip club in Tampa, Fla., is headed for the Great White Way.

Speculation that a live version of the film was being developed first emerged in June and now it seems that the production is on the fast track.

Producer Gregory Jacobs, who served as the film’s first assistant director, gave Vulture some details about the production that will definitely have hoards of women crowding the box office.

“Oh, you definitely might get a lap dance," he said. “Absolutely. That's happening for sure."

Jacobs also revealed that "there's bound to be a great song about how to pick out a thong.

"It's coming along, and there will be more about it soon,” he added.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first film about male strippers to take to the musical theater stage. The 1997 British film “The Full Monty,” about a group of unemployed steel workers who become exotic dancers, was adapted for Broadway in 2000, and successful film-to-stage adaptations have followed suit (if not in their birthday suits ...).

The 2012 adaptation of “Newsies,” based on the 1992 film, was a massive hit as was the 2010 stage version of the drama “Billy Elliot.”

Broadway adaptations of “The Color Purple” and “Legally Blonde” were also well received while “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which had a disastrous debut, has somehow managed to keep the lights on.

But stage versions of hit films don’t always fare well.

The musical version of the 1990 romance “Ghost” premiered in New York in 2012 but was widely dismissed by critics. “Catch Me If You Can,” based on the 2002 film, suffered the same fate as did the 2009 musical version of “9 to 5.”

Then again, none of those shows had lap dances.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, “Magic Mike” earned surprisingly positive reviews despite early skepticism, and pulled in an impressive $113 million at the box office.

The film is based on star Channing Tatum’s pre-acting stripper days and features Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, and a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey.

So will any of the film’s stars be dusting off their leather chaps and returning to club Xquisite?

“I don’t think anybody wants to see me sing,” Tatum told Access Hollywood on reprising his role for the musical. “Give me some time to work on it and then maybe.”

Though rumors of a “Magic Mike” sequel began to surface last year, the film may have to be shelved in the wake of Soderbergh’s retirement from filmmaking.

“If he doesn’t come back, I don’t know how we’re going to do it without our leader,” Tatum, who appears in the director’s final film “Side Effects,” said in an interview with Yahoo, “I’ll try to sucker him to coming in and at least DP-ing, get him in the room, at least.”