Morrissey is doing a Broadway residency, Magic Mike is getting a Broadway adaptation, and now, the music of Britney Spears will be featured in an upcoming jukebox musical that will premiere in Chicago before coming to Broadway.
But here's the twist: the musical won't be about Spears' life, like Beautiful was about Carole King and The Cher Show was about Cher. Instead, it will be a completely bonkers original story involving fairy tale characters and Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique.
According to a press release, this is the basic plot of the musical, which is titled Once Upon a One More Time as a nod to Spears' big hit "...Baby One More Time:"
Cinderella, Snow White, and the other fairytale princesses gather for their book club, when - oh, baby baby! - a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. Could there really be more to life than bird-made dresses and true love’s kiss?
The musical features an original book by Jon Hartmere (The Upside, bare), with direction by Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) and choreography by MTV Video Music Award nominees Keone & Mari Madrid (Justin Bieber’s "Love Yourself”; “World of Dance”).
"Cinderella is having an existential crisis, and she has a posse of famous princesses, and her stepmother is the main antagonist, and there’s also Prince Charming and a dwarf we’ve never met — the eighth dwarf — and a narrator who is unhappy his system is being dismantled before his eyes," Hartmere told the Times. "These women have been in this hermetically sealed world, and then they start to get deeper into modern ideas — second and third-wave feminism — and also explore how stories are passed down to us, and where we get our norms from. But it’s also superfun and funny."
"I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs—especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore," Spears said in a statement. "This is a dream come true for me!"
The show is scheduled to start previews October 29th, open November 13th, and to run until December 1st at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago, before coming to Broadway in 2020. The Michael Jackson jukebox musical Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough was supposed to fill the same theater on those same dates, but the Chicago run was cancelled in anticipation of Leaving Neverland. However, it's not quite dead yet: another workshop session of that play is still scheduled in NYC this fall, and EW adds that that one is "still planning to open on Broadway in 2020."