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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

‘Magic Mike’ musical on the way

I’m off to “Magic Mike” tonight, and am repressing the urge to bring a pocketful of singles. (True confessions: No, I have never been to a strip joint. But yes, I have been to a bachelorette party.) Looking forward to it, because, hey, at least it sounds like a movie I haven’t seen before. And screenwriter/producer Reid Carolin agrees, saying he’s working on a musical version of the story, because the women who buy tickets to Broadway shows might love to be part of something like this. This strikes me as . . . well, certainly a potential moneymaker, if nothing else. It would join a number of current Broadway shows inspired by movies: “Bring It On: The Musical,” “Ghost: The Musical,” “The Lion King,” “Newsies: The Musical,” “Once,” and “Sister Act,” all merrily playing on the Great White Way as we speak. (or maybe not so merrily), and many others have come and gone in recent years. Which raises the question: What recent movie really should be a musical? Hmm. I can definitely see “The Deep Blue Sea” beautifully translated to opera (though it was a play before it was a movie, so doesn’t really count); “Friends with Kids” might make a charming musical comedy (though you’d have to figure out what to do with all the kids); and, let’s see, “My Week With Marilyn” might translate nicely to the musical stage. Or maybe all the people who are busy trying to find a Broadway moneymaker should just think about developing something original? All I know is, that if I hear that “The Artist” is becoming a musical, I will give up. Silently.

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