Channing Tatum gets briefed on ‘Magic Mike’ musical: It opens in Boston

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, actor Channing Tatum arrives at the premiere of "Comrade Detective" in Los Angeles. Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Company about a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse. The film was to be based on author Matthew Quick’s book “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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Channing Tatum

He may not know much about musicals, but Channing Tatum certainly knows a thing or two about dancing . . . with, well let’s say, a lack of clothing.

On Monday, the “Magic Mike” star stopped by rehearsals for the new musical that’s been adapted from the film — yes, that’s right, they’re turning the movie about male strippers into a musical — at the Sunlight Studios in New York.

Premiering in Boston this fall, the musical, directed by Trip Cullman, is set before the start of the original “Magic Mike” (there was also a sequel, “Magic Mike XXL”). The production tells the story of Mike Lane, played by Tatum in the movie, a college kid turned nightclub entertainer.


(It’s far from a biopic, but in real life, Tatum did actually work as a stripper at a nightclub in Miami.)

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The cast has been hard at work rehearsing for the show’s pre-Broadway tryout and world premiere at the Emerson Colonial Theatre Nov. 30 through Jan. 5, 2020.

Tatum is one of the musical’s producers along with the Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kiernan.

To hype the show a bit, the Colonial Theatre released a video of Tatum visiting the studio.

“It’s not that I don’t want to go, I’m just really intimidated,” Tatum tells the person holding the camera as they walk to the rehearsal space.


“It’s just about support,” the guy behind the camera reassures Tatum.

“Look, they’re so good. They’re literally the best at what they do. And I know nothing about musicals,” Tatum says before reluctantly heading into the creative session led by the show’s choreographer, Camille A. Brown.

Before the video ends, Tatum gets a clarification on a major point: The show is opening in Boston, not New York.

“No, Broadway is in New York, man,” Tatum says. “What are you talking about?”

He’s told that, yes, the show will premiere in Boston.


“OK,” he says, seemingly reassured, before snapping around back to camera, “What?!?”

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