Honestly, up until today we thought all the things we love were already on Broadway: Mormons, phantoms, cats, Raven-Symone. Then we remembered how much we love the Spice Girls, Cher and (we’re assuming, even though we haven’t seen it yet) Magic Mike, and the universe quickly made those things into musicals too. Cher tweeted this week that a musical based on her life is already in the works. If that didn’t elicit an audible gasp from your lips, you should also know that the show stars three different Chers…and “[A]ll three Chers will talk and sing to each other.” Three times the Cher!
Meanwhile we’d already heard about a possible Spice Girls reunion at this summer’s London Olympics and today our favorite band from the sixth grade announced that Viva Forever!, the jukebox musical featuring their music, will hit the West End on December 11. The musical is being shaped by Mamma Mia! creator Judy Craymore and written by Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, and will star….wait for it…”Viva, a young woman with a chaotic home life who looks to resolve feelings about her adoption through belief in herself, female friendship and, well, ‘girl power.’” Of course it does.
Finally, Magic Mike writer Reid Carolin is also setting his sights for Broadway, explaining, “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.” Of course the musical probably won’t star Channing Tatum, just a young Channing Tatum look-alike who…lives closer to us…we’re seeing this on opening night. All this recent Broadway news has our mouths watering for the infinite other musical possibilities. What if everything we loved became a musical? What movie/musician/object do you want remade for the stage with jazz hands?
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