- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

“Hamilton,” the man on the $10 bill, has proven to be a moneymaker on Broadway. But now some theater producers are banking on making singles off of “Magic Mike.”

Playbill reported on Monday that the R-rated 2012 comedy about a male stripper is set to be adapted to the stage as a musical sometime in the 2016-2017 theater season.

The script is “Written by Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (lyrics), Roberto Aguire-Sacasa (book),” Playbill reported, adding that “Cast, opening date and theatre [are] TBA.”

But “Magic Mike” is far from alone in moving from the silver screen to the Great White Way this fall. A decidedly more family-friendly option is in the works in “Anastasia,” a musical adaptation of “the 1997 animated film about a young woman who may be the last surviving member of the Russian royal family.”

“Anastasia” will incorporate some songs from the 20th Century Fox cartoon feature in addition to “an entirely new score from the Tony Award-winning Ragtime and Seussical team” of Lynn Ehrens and Stephen Flaherty.

The 1942 Bing Crosby classic “Holiday Inn” will receive a similar update. “The new libretto by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge augments Irving Berlin’s screen score (including “White Christmas”) with several extra classics from his songbook,” Playbill said. “This adaptation was produced previously at Goodspeed Musicals and the St. Louis Muny” and will open on Oct. 13 at Studio 54.

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